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Trivia - Ronald McDonald(2 posts)

Trivia - Ronald McDonaldCaptain Morgan
May 19, 2003 6:02 AM
What TV personality created the character Ronald McDonald?
AnswerCaptain Morgan
May 19, 2003 7:24 AM
Willard Scott, weatherman on NBC's Today Show, was the first McClown. Here's the story he tells: "The folks at NBC television in Washington, WRC TV had signed on a national kiddie show [called "Bozo the Clown"], and they tapped me to star in the thing. That's how I got to be Bozo the Clown...I did a lot of personal appearances as Bozo, at shopping malls, local fairs, that sort of thing. After a while a local McDonald's restaurant asked me to appear at an opening, and before too long my Bozo was a regular fixture at area franchises. When WRC dropped [the show], McDonald's didn't much like the idea of having to drop a successful promotion.

So, they asked him to come up with a new character, and he created "Donald McDonald." However, McDonalds decided to use the name Ronald instead.