Prior to doing the weather
, Willard Scott seems to have been quite the clown on television. He portrayed Bozo the Clown
in the 60s and he created the Ronald McDonald
character to help promote some McDonald's in the Washington DC area. He went on to portray Ronald McDonald in the first televised
commercials featuring the character in 1963.
Supposedly his line in the commercial was: "I know you're not supposed to talk to strangers, kids, but it's okay to talk to me, because I'm Ronald the hamburger-loving clown!"
Personally, I do not remember being told as a child that "hamburger-loving" clowns were an exception to the don't talk to strangers rule, but maybe I missed it in the fine print.
The original costume was essentially the Bozo the clown outfit plus shoes made of buns, a cup for his nose and a hamburger hat.