Michael Polakovs, 1923-2009
Michael Polakovs, the clown who in 1966 created and was the first person to portray* Ronald McDonald, died last week at the age of 86. Himself the son of a clown, Polakovs is survived by six children, one of whom is also a clown. That had to be one wacky hearse.
*Disputed. See comments.