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Ronald McDonald statue returns to Wisconsin McDonald's 9 months after being taken

Ronald McDonald statue returns to Wisconsin McDonald's 9 months after being taken

RIPON, Wis., July 10 (UPI) --A Ronald McDonald statue has come back to a Wisconsin McDonald's in Ripon nine months after it was taken.
Evan Bleier
Ronald McDonald gets a makeover, and joins Twitter

Ronald McDonald gets a makeover, and joins Twitter

OAK BROOK, Ill., April 24 (UPI) -- McDonald's announced that it has given mascot Ronald McDonald a makeover and will make him the forefront of its marketing campaign, especially on social media.
Ananth Baliga
Taco Bell takes another shot at McDonald's in new commercial

Taco Bell takes another shot at McDonald's in new commercial

IRVINE, Calif., April 7 (UPI) -- After making McDonald's Ronald McDonald the target of its first commercial promoting its breakfast menu, Taco Bell is taking aim at the fast food chain again.
Ananth Baliga
Willard Scott marries longtime girlfriend at 80

Willard Scott marries longtime girlfriend at 80

April 2 (UPI) -- "Today Show" collaborator -- and the creator of Ronald McDonald -- Willard Scott married longtime girlfriend Paris Keena in Fort Myers, Florida on Tuesday.
Veronica Linares
Taco Bell breakfast: Ronald McDonald's a big fan

Taco Bell breakfast: Ronald McDonald's a big fan

March 27 (UPI) -- Taco Bell gathers together a bunch of men named Ronald McDonald to support its new breakfast menu in a TV commercial.
Danielle Haynes
WestJet surprises passengers with what they want for Christmas

WestJet surprises passengers with what they want for Christmas

Dec. 11 (UPI) -- WestJet gives passengers what they want during "Christmas Miracle" viral video stunt, including Android tablets and big-screen TVs.
Evan Bleier
Report: McDonald's gives little to Ronald McDonald Houses

Report: McDonald's gives little to Ronald McDonald Houses

OAK BROOK, Ill., Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Critics say U.S. fast-food giant McDonald's reaps invaluable publicity from its meager contributions to Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Dance marathon raises $489k

SOUTH GLEN FALLS, N.Y., March 4 (UPI) -- A dance marathon at a high school in South Glens Falls, N.Y., raised $489,716.27 for charity, the largest total in the event's 36-year history.
Group asks Ronald McDonald to retire

Group asks Ronald McDonald to retire

BOSTON, May 21 (UPI) -- A consumer group in Boston plans to ask McDonald's Corp. to retire its long-term mascot Ronald McDonald because he promotes unhealthy diets for children.

Second guilty plea in Ronald statue case

PIERRE, S.D., June 2 (UPI) -- A South Dakota man pleaded guilty to intentional damage of property for stealing a Ronald McDonald statue and destroying it with a 12-gauge shotgun.
McDonald's seeks Ronald's return

McDonald's seeks Ronald's return

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Employees at a Georgia McDonald's said they are making holiday wishes for the safe return of a Ronald McDonald statue swiped on Thanksgiving.

McDonald's is cheering China's athletes

BEIJING, July 24 (UPI) -- McDonald's Corp., is blitzing the host country of the 2008 Olympic Games with ads in support of Chinese athletes, the company said.

McDonald's ads sliced thin

OAK BROOK, Ill., March 11 (UPI) -- McDonald's Corp. is walking "a very fine line," between product promotion and squaring its image with parents, Crain's Chicago Business reported Tuesday.

Separated twin had 24 broken bones

ROCHESTER, Minn., March 8 (UPI) -- The parents of conjoined twins separated at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota were charged with assaulting one of them after doctors found he had 24 broken bones.

High price for U.K. lad's cancer battle

NEW YORK, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- The parents of a 5-year-old London boy have moved him to New York to undergo specialized cancer treatments not available in the United Kingdom.
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Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, visits the Ronald McDonald House in New Orleans to help raise money for the Ronald McDonald House Charities on June 16, 2007. (UPI Photo/A.J. Sisco)
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Ronald McDonald is a clown character used as the primary mascot of the McDonald's fast-food restaurant chain. In television commercials, the clown inhabits a fantasy world called McDonaldland, and has adventures with his friends Mayor McCheese, the Hamburglar, Grimace, Birdie the Early Bird, and The Fry Kids. In recent years, McDonaldland has been largely phased out, and Ronald is instead shown interacting with normal kids in their everyday lives.

Many people work full-time making appearances in the Ronald McDonald costume, visiting children in hospitals. There are also Ronald McDonald Houses, where parents can stay overnight when visiting sick children in nearby chronic care facilities. Since August 2003, McDonald has been officially styled as the "Chief Happiness Officer" of the McDonald's Corporation.

The origin of Ronald McDonald involves Willard Scott (a local radio personality who also played Bozo the Clown on WRC-TV in Washington, D.C. from 1959 until 1962), who performed using the moniker "Ronald McDonald, the Hamburger-Happy Clown" in 1963 on three separate television spots. These were the first three television ads featuring the character.

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