Did you know that before there was Ronald... there was Bozo?
Bozo the Clown used to make regular appearances at a McDonalds in Washington DC because the franchise owner sponsored the NBC series Bozo’s Circus.
When the network cancelled the show, franchise owner Oscar Goldstein needed a new clown. So he hired Bozo star Williard Scott to come up with a new character.
Ronald McDonald was born. But before he could be launched nationwide, McDonalds bosses decided Williard was too portly to represent a company that didn’t want to be associated with fattening food, and so he was replaced by a thinner Ronald.