Rex Trailer, host of Boomtown, a Western-themed childrens 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 everyones 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.
Perhaps there is something intangible that disappears when a figure from your childhood passes away. For many who grew up in New England in the 1950s, '60s and early '70s, that figure was Rex Trailer. For nearly 20 years, the name Rex Trailer was synonymous with good-natured wholesome entertainment. The kindhearted Texas transplant appeared on television every week, and shared his Western talents and sage advice with the young'uns of the Northeast.