Rex Trailer Dies at 84; Owned Waltham TV Studio

Trailer hosted a children's television show in the 1950s.

Rex Trailer, a Boston TV icon who had been recovering from pneumonia recently, died on Jan. 9, according to his website.

Trailer owned RTV Productions in Waltham at the corner of Moody and Main Streets, according to his website.

“Rex Trailer left this earth peacefully last night surrounded in love and song by his family. Rex had been in Florida for the holidays when he became ill into the New Year. While everyone’s prayers and support have been of great comfort to Rex, he decided it was time to go home. Rex and family thank all of you and love you,” a statement on his website reads.

Trailer hosted “Boomtown” a children’s show with a western theme on WBZ-TV from 1956-1974, according to WBZ-TV.

Trailer was 84. A funeral is being planned, but no date has been set yet, according to his website. 

Share your memories of Trailer and his show in the comment box below.

Lynda Stewart January 10, 2013 at 06:17 PM
I remember Rex Trailer's show. I had the pleasure of meeting him in the early 70's . His show was one of my favorites. I always wanted to be a cowgirl.
Donald Delaney January 10, 2013 at 07:31 PM
I watched BOOMTOWN when I was a kid. It was on every Saturday 6:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M. and I believe it was also on Sunday 7:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M. (Rex, Goldrush and Pablo) This is when TV was TV. Today's TV is awful !! My parents took us kids to see Rex when he was at Pleasure Island in Wakefield, Ma. and we also saw him at the John Hancock Hall (Dorothy Quincy Suite) in Boston, Ma. The last time I saw Rex was in the Wakefield Parade. Rex will be missed.
Carol Chaisson January 10, 2013 at 08:30 PM
I had the Pleasure of Speaking to Rex and His Wife at The common Cafe one time about a Year ago.
Tina January 10, 2013 at 09:48 PM
I met Rex Trailer in the early 60's when he visited to entertain the kids at my day camp, Camp Chesterbrook on Lincoln Street in Waltham. One year, he brought his beautiful Palomino horse, and the next year he showed up in his helicopter! (Does anyone out there remember Camp Chesterbrook?) Rest in peace, and happy trails, Rex.
Gail Scott-Key January 10, 2013 at 10:09 PM
Thank you for awakening the child in all of us and thank you for allowing me into your world as you sadly leave ours! My thoughts and prayers to your loving family!
Mitchell Stern January 10, 2013 at 11:51 PM
I had the privilege of last seeing Rex Trailer at his 84th Birthday Party in September in Ayer, MA. What I'll remember most is how he stayed until every single person either got a picture with him (myself included) and/or an autograph. He was a special part of my childhood, and will be missed by many. RIP Rex!
Mike Brady January 11, 2013 at 04:44 AM
Thank you Rex for having been a true friend for the past 30 years. We meet when I took a course he taught -TV Production and Profirmance at Emerson College. From that time on he was always been both a mentor and a friend. He always listened to what I had to say and shared himself completely . He was a truly noble human being who knew how to give of himself 100 percent. We worked togetherf later on 3 of my special events. we had such a great time together on both a friendship level and in business. In fact, because of his unique gift to make me feel special, it was an absolute pleasure just to be with him. He was a real gem of a human being in every sense and one of my most heart felt ffriendships. I will miss him deeply. Somehow though I feel he is still with us smiling and singing to us a sweet cowboy lullaby . Your friend always Captain Mike
JohnnyMass January 11, 2013 at 04:44 AM
Too bad today's generation doesn't have something as wholesome and fun as Boomtown to watch. It wouldn't fly today, though. The liberals would complain that there were no black or gay characters, and that Pablo was demeaning Hispanics by being subservient to Rex. God bless you (take THAT, liberals), Rex!
Joan P. Wnterkorn January 11, 2013 at 11:43 AM
I have a picture of my girls with Rex and remember seeing him around Waltham especially at the Wallex Bowling Alleys, always with a smile and a hi. Children today need an influence like Rex in their lives. He was truly a wonderful man.
SGR January 11, 2013 at 04:06 PM
My sisters and I somehow got to appear in the studio audience of Boomtown when I was 6 -- one of the highlights of my childhood! I remember how awed I was when he shook my hand, he was such a great guy, and in my 6 year old eyes, was a gentle giant. Rest in peace Rex, you were a great man!
Aron Levy January 23, 2013 at 08:34 PM
Wow. Why don't you get that angry hornet out of your bonnet? Way to make your side of the political question look entirely petty and immature.
Casa de Moda February 05, 2013 at 05:20 AM
My husband & I were married on January 11, 1969, and we honeymooned in NH. The next morning at breakfast in the Inn we were staying at, there was Rex Trailer & his sidekick also having breakfast! After we finished, and passed Rex on our way out, he stopped us & said 'congratulations, you must be newlyweds?' We replied 'yes' and asked how he knew-he said with a big smile, 'why, we noticed you have shiny new rings!' RIP


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