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Thu Jan 10, 2013, 11:19 PM

Rex Trailer has died.

Boom! Boom! Boomtown!

http://www.boston.com/metrodesk/2013/01/10/rex-trailer-host-boomtown-show-dies/LFjejyLVQ3pbPIH7Soh3dP/story.html

Rex Trailer, host of “Boomtown,” a Western-themed children’s TV show that beguiled generations of New England children, has died, according to an announcement posted on 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,” said the announcement, which was dated today.

The site said a memorial service was being planned for the “near future” and the family requested privacy.

The Globe reported in early January that Trailer, 84, was recovering from a bout of pneumonia...

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Response to MADem (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 11:25 PM

1. Wow...so sad. But have to admit I am surprised he was still with us! I grew up in RI -

always watched Boomtown!....along with Captain Kangeroo and Bozo. And Sky King...and Roy Rogers. Kids TV was great back then!

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Reply #1)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 04:19 PM

7. Ahhh, Bozo! Bozo, Bozo, Always Laughs, Never Frowns!

The first nationally syndicated Bozo was outta Boston, a guy named Frank Avruch--he got teased forever, even when he went on to host the late movie show...! They're selling the episodes on DVD, so someone's laughing all the way to the bank..!

http://www.bostonman.com/aboutfr1.html

In the 1960's, before cable TV came along, Frank Avruch became television's first nationally-syndicated Bozo The Clown. From New York to Los Angeles, Frank could be seen on TV sets with his pals Professor Tweedy Foofer, Mr. Lion, Kookie The Kangaroo, Grandma Nellie, Zany Zebra and Klank The Tin Can Man. Sixty of the original shows telecast in color from WHDH TV in Boston in the mid-60's have just been released on DVD ....

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Response to MADem (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 07:17 AM

2. I got to be on his show when I was a kid

Sad news but a life well led, he did much to make the world a nicer place to be.

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Response to YankeyMCC (Reply #2)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 04:13 PM

5. LUCKY you!

I'll bet you were the most popular kid in the neighborhood!!!

You know, I see clips of him in color, but we didn't have color television, so he's a black-n-white memory for me!

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Response to MADem (Reply #5)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 02:30 PM

11. black and white for me too

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Response to MADem (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 09:20 AM

3. I remember him well, and thought he was

 

so much older than me. But, alas, he was only 18 years older than me.

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Response to DryRain (Reply #3)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 04:15 PM

6. What's the mattah with these guys?

I notice that people I thought were "way older" are close to my age, too!

And I look at some old farts on the tee vee and am shocked to find out they are YOUNGER than me!

I think there's a reason why the eyes go first--we look so much better in the mirror when we don't see quite so much detail!!!

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Response to MADem (Reply #6)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 04:23 PM

9. Yeah, I just got to 66, and find most of those "much older" than me when...

 

I was 10 are now dead. They were 10-20 years older than me then, now they're dead.

I'm planning on living til 110, but most of those other folks must have planned for living only to 80.

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Response to MADem (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 05:57 PM

4. RIP Rex!

You were well loved by an entire generation!

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Response to polmaven (Reply #4)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 04:23 PM

8. Wasn't he, though? Geez, we thought we were going to get vaporized by "The Bomb," but

in retrospect, those were simpler times....

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Response to MADem (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 04:28 PM

10. One more Rex video--famous New England personalities talking about Rex--and the SONG!!

Dosie do and swing around, get yer gal and promenade down to BOOM.....BOOOOOOOM, BOOOOOMTOWN!!!

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