In 1983, musician Dalton Stevens couldn't sleep, so he idly sewed buttons on a denim jumpsuit. This decision launched his new identity as the Button King:
In 1983 it got so bad that I got up one night and started sewing buttons on a denim suit. Two years and 10 months later I still couldn't sleep and the suit was covered with 16,3333 buttons. It weighted 16 pounds.
Things kind of evolved from that starting point. After the suite, I glued 3,005 buttons on my guitar, then I glued 517 buttons on my shoes.
When I completed the clothes, the guitar and my shoes, I went to the newspaper in Sumter, SC and then to our local paper, the Lee County Observer in Bishopville. They gave me quite a write-up. Soon after, I went to a television station in Florence, WPDE, and they aired my story too. From there I was featured on CNN and then my story went worldwide.
Stevens subsequently went on Johnny Carson and David Letterman, clips of which can be seen at the video link.
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