PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020) – Taco Bell recently started serving breakfast at their restaurants and as part of their ad campaign, they wanted Ronald McDonald to tell people how good their new breakfast is. So, they found 25 people around the county named Ronald McDonald to promote the new menu items.
One of the McDonalds is a funeral director from Kane, Pa. and he joined the KDKA Morning News with Larry Richert and John Shumway to talk about his experience.
What was it like to grow up with the same name as the popular McDonald’s clown? McDonald says the name is like the song “A Boy Named Sue.”
“You have to get used to it, you have to roll with it or else you become pretty bruised pretty easily.” he said.
McDonald had the name before the fast food mascot. He is named after his dad.
“[I] was about 6-years-old when the clown came out,” he said.
He says even to this day he gets grief about his name. He says Pennsylvania law states you have to name your funeral home after yourself or the previous owner. He says it’s a good thing because it gives him a lot of attention.
So, how did McDonald end up in the Taco Bell commercial? He says about a month ago, he got a call from a woman claiming to be from a casting company looking for people with unusual names. McDonald jokingly said, “Why are you calling me?”