Today’s Al Roker confirmed that Willard Scott, known for his exuberant personality and the lore of fans who began celebrating the centennial mark, passed away this week. He was 87 years old.
Scott joined “Today” in 1980. He is probably best known for wishing his fans a happy 100th birthday. This feature has become very popular over the years. The image of the centenarians appeared on the Smucker jelly jar, and Scott was in I recognized them in front of millions of people. audience.
Scott began his 65-year career at NBC in 1950, when he was a page for a Washington, DC-affiliated radio station. He also made predictions on the road and pleased locals with his tireless charm.
“I just like people,” he told the New York Times in 1987. “A lot of speakers in the conversation circle left afterwards. I did a lot of small talk. I’m like a dog. You just open the door and say ‘rrrr, rrrr’ , and lick everyone’s face. ”
Scott was born on March 7, 1934, in Alexandria, Virginia.After graduating from American University in Washington, his broadcasting career began in the 1950s.
In 1955, he began hosting the radio show “Happy Boys” on NBC’s WRC radio station, and he remained on the show until late 1974.
In the 1960s, he also hosted children’s television shows and appeared on WRC, playing various roles, including the clown Bozo, a boy idol who appeared on radio waves across the country during the 1960s and 1970s.
Scott is also known as the first person to play Ronald McDonald’s. He has appeared in commercials in the Washington area since 1963.
Scott stayed in Washington in the 1970s and became a local meteorologist for NBC 4. In March 1980, the network called and replaced Bob Ryan as TODAY’s meteorologist. (Later, Ryan took over Scott’s old job and became a meteorologist in the WRC.)
Scott has no tricks. In 1985, when the singer was in his period of fame, he dressed the weather as a boy George. He also dressed up as a giant cupid on Valentine’s Day, put it in a bucket on tax day, and had a groundhog to celebrate Groundhog Day.
However, his most memorable stunt was probably Brazilian singer and actress Carmen Miranda on the 1983 episode of “Today” to secure a $ 1,000 donation to USO. He was criticized for this, but insisted on charging him.
“People say I’m a clown doing this,” he told the New York Times in an interview in 1987, “Well, I’ve been a clown all my life.” That is my behavior. ”