A true television legend Rex Trailer, star of Boston's long-running Boomtown weekend show for kids, has died at 84. Here's the beloved star at work back in the black & white TV days. There aren't many of the old TV kid show pioneers left, sadly.
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January 11, 2013 - 11:29am
Kiddie Scene with Mr. Green
That was actually The Kiddie Scene with Mr. Green and I was on that show as a youngster. I took a parody of Dragnet from Cracked magazine to use as a script and wrangled the other kids in the neighborhood and put on a play. For whatever reason, I called channel 48 and asked if we could do the skit on their kid's show and they said yes!
My dad drove us down to the station one afternoon, I don't think he quite believed we were really going to do it. My younger brother, who was in the first grade, missed his cue so one of the girls in the skit called him a "dumus" (like dumbass), that had to be edited. It was a real 'Little Rascals put on a play' kind of thing.
The only other thing I remember about the program was that they played 'Yakety Sax' and 'Charlie Brown' all the time. Channel 48 actually signed on the air at 3:30 in the afternoon, with Kiddie Scene with Mr. Green.
At that time, WUBC channel 48 was a small, independent station in the warehouse district of Greensboro, located on Wendover Avenue, I believe. Today the station is known as UPN 48. They were a damn fine independent station, offering in 1968 a lot of pretty decent movies, a locally produced dance show that followed Kiddie Scene called The Now Generation, public affairs shows like Questions, Answers, Opinions, and reruns of The Outer Limits, Patty Duke and Route 66.
They also aired plenty of syndicated country western shows like Stone & Atkins, Roller Derby as well as The Steve Allen Show weeknights.
December 14, 2012 - 7:20am
A PASSING THE MEDIA MISSED
Pioneer television animator Alex Anderson ,Jr., the man who helped to co-create "Crusader Rabbit" TV's very first original cartoon series and "Rocky & Bullwinkle" with Jay Ward, died on Friday October 22, 2010 at his home in Carmel, CA. He was 90 years old and in failing health.
Born on September 5, 1920 in Berkeley, CA Mr. Anderson attended The University of California Berkeley and later The California School Of Fine Arts in San Francisco.
In 1938 he began his animation career by work for his uncle Paul Terry the creator of "The Terrytunes" movie cartoons at the latter's studio in New Rochelle,New York.
Anderson left to serve in the US Navy overseas as an uncover spy during WWII but after the war, returned to work at "Terrytunes" in 1946.
In 1948, Anderson tried to get his uncle to create a new series of cartoons for TV but he refused so Anderson left the studio to create his own series. Moving back to Berkeley, he was reunited with his boyhood friend Jay Ward and together the pair created and produced "Crusader Rabbit" films. Anderson was the creator of the films, Ward was the business exec of the partnership.
The series was picked up by NBC TV in 1949 and the films were soon seen in national syndication on many local stations airing on daily children's programs.
On WNBT/WRCA/WNBC TV 4 in NYC "Crusader" was seen on "Children's Theater" with Ray Forrest and the films were also screened on "The Merry Mailman" with Ray Heatherton, Milt Moss and Chic Darrow on WOR TV 9 and on "Kartoon Klub"/"Shari & Her Friends" first hosted by Ted Steel and later by Shari Lewis and her puppets Randy Rocket & Taffy Twinkle on WPIX TV11 in NYC during the 1940s and '50s.
The two men worked well together until the pair began work on another series for NBC "Rocky & Bullwinkle" the seriocomic adventures of a squirrel and moose along with "Dudley Do Right", the misadventures of a bumbling Canadian mountie.
When Ward found out that Anderson taken total control of the series as the main owner of the films copyright he angrily filed a lawsuit against his partner for copyright infringement. The law was never really settled until many years later, in 1996, when the matter was settled out of court with Anderson receiving credit as the creator of "Rocky & Bullwinkle".
Ward also found out that Anderson had sold the rights to "Crusader Rabbit" to TV Spots Inc. in 1957; enraged he ended his partnership with Anderson and he took on Bill Scott as his new partner.
Together Ward and Scott created and produced "Rocky & Bullwinkle" and other successful TV cartoons for ABC & NBC that aired on weekday evenings and on Sunday nights and weekends on the networks and in national syndication into the late-1960s.
There is very little information about Anderson's activities after his breakup with Ward. He worked in the advertising field creating commercials for Smuckers jellies, Skippy Peanut Butter and Berkeley Farms but not much else is known about his efforts past the 1950s.
Sunday, October 24, 2010 - 1:30pm
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