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January 10, 2013
What everyone needs to know about Rex Trailer...

The world really lost a great person. I have so many incredible memories of working alongside Rex, but most of them have nothing to do with work. They're about him... an inspirational humanitarian who touched so many lives...

For me the list of fantastic memories is way too long, but here's just a snippet... The Muscular Dystrophy Carnival with Rex. The Hypnotist Convention with Rex. Meeting and videotaping Bill Clinton with Rex. Going to Disneyland with Rex. Meeting Chet Curtis, Boston news anchor, with Rex. (Rex never cared about competition - WBZ or WCVB - all he cared about was friendships. And if he ran the stations, only good news would be allowed because he never recognized anything but.) I could go on and on.

I was fortunate enough to have had him at Emerson College as my teacher, and then to have worked with him for 2 years as a cameraman for RTV, his own company. But what I learned from him in that short time will be with me forever. Yes, I learned all about shooting video and lighting a set, but the most important lessons were that every person on earth has a purpose, and everyone should be treated with respect and dignity. Rex taught me how to win people over... to care and to love. He taught goodness and kindness, and he taught compassion.

When someone made a mistake, Rex never got angry. Instead, the teacher kicked in... how and why not to make that mistake again. Everyone, and I mean everyone loved this man.

He was a TV pioneer, yes, but more importantly, to me, he was a friend. He respected everyone, and believed everyone has a purpose. "Everyone is good at something," he would say, and "Every kid deserves a chance." That "parade" of kids on all the Boomtown shows was his idea. He told me, personally, that he created that specifically to give every kid the chance to be on TV. He loved Boston, New England, and all its people... especially the children.

When I worked with Rex (and I have to say "with" and not "for" or he would correct me), he would always tell me how proud he was of his daughter, Jillian, and how much he loved his family. I hope his family takes some comfort knowing that he will live on forever through others who he touched while here on earth.

Rex was truly one of a kind... the real deal... a friend to all living creatures, human or animal. And Im sure he was greeted by both at the gates of heaven, as his wife, Cindy, and his horse, Goldrush, paraded him in.... just like it was another Muscular Dystrophy carnival, or a Crimson Travel trip to Disneyland's Main Street Parade, or a Veteran's Day march thru the square...with all the children standing and saluting their hero, yelling "Howdy Rex!" and "Welcome Home."

I, personally, will never forget Rex Trailer, and I am proud to have called him my friend.

He will truly be missed.

Condolences to his family.
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