Polar Bear Dip

CKSO TV Tonite Show - Polar Bear Dip 1974
Photos courtesy of Richard Pratz (as Richard Scott)

In Richard Scott's Own Words
A remote broadcast taping for my TV variety/talk show whose title was a direct steal from Johnny Carson, “The Tonite Show”.  This was a Polar Bear Dip in the Matagami River in February of '74.  It was minus 21 degrees Fahrenheit.  I got well-fortified with
booze to do this. I also caught pneumonia and was off work for 10 days!  But the show was a success and lots of fun. How I managed to keep from being electrocuted holding onto a microphone after jumping out of the ice, I’ll never know!  I remember getting on my bathing suit, the crowd had gathered behind a snow fence, jumping in a few times to cheers, and THEN being told there was a technical problem and we wouldn't begin taping for another 15 minutes!  There was a portable sauna brought onto the ice of the river to try to warm me up. It helped...  a little!  We broadcast a lot of stunts for that show including wild west chariot racing!  It was a fun time!

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