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January 17, 2013

Residents have fond memories of 'Boomtown'

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“He was a really wonderful and delightful man,” Ellingwood said.

Trailer joined rock-and-roll legend Chubby Checker at MaryAnn’s diner in Derry in 2008.

Diner owner Bill Andreoli yesterday remembered how excited people were to see him there.

Andreoli, who grew up in Lawrence, was an avid fan.

“I watched him every day when I was a kid,” he said. “He was a big part of my life.”

MaryAnn’s waitress Susan Ingalls grew up in Somerville and was one of the lucky ones who actually appeared on Trailer’s show.

“It was exciting to go on there,” she said. “I got to go on a lot.”

Trailer’s popularity extended throughout Southern New Hampshire and the Merrimack Valley.

In 2007, he helped dedicate a monument in Methuen recognizing the horse’s role in early firefighting. Methuen Mayor Bill Manzi remembered the event on his blog last week.

“He was every bit of the gentleman that we had all come to know from the show,” Manzi wrote.

A year later, Trailer made an appearance with Andover native Jay Leno at Lowell’s Memorial Auditorium. Leno reportedly was a longtime fan.

In later years, Trailer taught on-camera performance at Emerson College and had his own production company.

He was inducted into the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2007.

Trailer made numerous appearances on the Muscular Dystrophy Association telethons hosted by his friend Jerry Lewis.

Derry resident Joe Versackas grew up in Cambridge.

He and his five brothers all wanted to be cowboys when they were young, thanks to Trailer.

“We always watched,” he said last week. “They said he was a really nice guy.”

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