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Rex Trailer Tribute

BOSTON, MA—On Tuesday, March 12, Emerson College will pay tribute to legendary children’s television star and longtime faculty member Rex Trailer with a reflective celebration of his life and career. Trailer passed away last month at the age of 84. The memorial event is free and open to the public and takes place from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at the Cutler Majestic Theatre, 219 Tremont Street, Boston. To reserve space at the general admission event, email

Rex Trailer hosted one of the first nationally televised shows for children in 1948 and became a fixture in the Boston broadcast market through the mid 1970s for his show Boomtown, which aired on WBZ-TV for nearly 20 years. Since 1977, he taught at Emerson College, preparing students for a career in television—from the technical, behind-the-scenes aspects of the business to on-camera skills. His multitude of experience has helped shape the lives of many young people in the broadcast industry today.

“Working with Rex Trailer Productions and members of the New England broadcast community, we’re very pleased to remember and celebrate the remarkable life of Rex Trailer,” said Emerson College President Lee Pelton. “Rex remains so beloved by the people who worked with him in the television industry, students whom he taught, and those who knew him through his charitable works, as well as the millions of viewers who watched him on Boomtown. He will be greatly missed by the Emerson community.”

The two-hour memorial event will include video highlights of Rex's career and a live musical tribute, which will include a performance of the famed Boomtown theme song. There will also be live and videotaped tributes from students, alumni, colleagues, and friends including WBZ NewsRadio’s Jordan Rich, Extra television host Maria Menounos, president of The ARC of Massachusetts Leo Sarkisian, Rex's daughter Jillian Trailer-Rollock, and Rex’s manager and director of the documentary film Rex Trailer’s Boomtown Michael Bavaro.

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