Many had likely lost track of Trailer, who spent his post-”Boomtown” days as an instructor at Emerson College in Boston, a producer and owner of a production company before retiring in his later years to Florida. No doubt most simply thought he had done what all cowboys do when their work is finished and rode off into the sunset.
Sadly, there is little on television today that can even begin to compare with Trailer’s brand of entertainment. The nonstop chaotic, cacophonic action of animated programming on Nickelodeon is almost the direct antithesis to Trailer’s slow, steady drawl. Similarly, the train wreck that is so-called reality television, such as “Here Comes Honey Boo-Boo” and its ilk, could not be further from the homespun wisdom of Trailer.
Whereas much of the current batch of television programming seems to be designed to make us feel better about ourselves simply because we are not as horrible as the people we watch, Trailer instead lifted us up by being a worthy example. In short, he filled a position that seems sadly lacking in today’s society: that of a role model truly worth emulating.
— The Standard-Times of New Bedford