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Rex Trailer Battling Pneumonia In Florida Hospital

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BOSTON (CBS) – Boston TV icon Rex Trailer is in the intensive care unit of a Florida hospital, his family told WBZ-TV Tuesday.

Trailer, 84, was the host of the popular children’s television show “Boomtown,” on WBZ from 1956 to 1974. The program often included children with disabilities in the studio audience.

His spokesperson said Trailer was in Florida for Christmas visiting his sister when he came down with pneumonia.

The spokesperson told WBZ Trailer is doing well and that he’s alert and responding to treatment.

His family issued this brief statement:

“Rex Trailer appreciates everyone’s prayers and support for a speedy recovery as he is looking forward to getting back to his home in the Commonwealth.”

Trailer still owns a television studio in Massachusetts and teaches part-time at Emerson College.

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