BIOGRAPHY, From the Button King Himself
My name is
Dalton Stevens and I suffer from insomnia. 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.
of evolved from that starting point. After the suite, I
glued 3,005 buttons on my guitar, then I glued 517 buttons on my
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.
from Star Magazine visited my home in Cedar Creek and did a
story on me. That got me on the Tonight Show with Johnny
Carson. I was on shows with David Letterman, Regis and
Kathy Lee, Bill Cosby, Geraldo, Charles Kuralt, Ralph Emory and
others- too many to mention.
I would go four and five days with no sleep- got me on TV and
radio across the world. I got the chance to visit and
entertain people in places I never would have gotten to if it
hadn't been for the insomnia causing me to put buttons on items.
opened a Button Museum in a building near my home. It's
filled with unique items- covered in buttons, of course.
There's my hearse, a couple of coffins, an entire outhouse, a
piano, guitar and of course, what started it all- my suit.
I've been blessed in life to be able to do something that seems
meant to be.
charge admission for visitors to my Button Museum but I do
accept donations to help cover expenses. I also sell CDs,
tapes, and a video on DVD of the shows I've been on.
So if you're
ever in our great state of South Carolina, stop by and take a
look at the unique creations I have in my Button Museum.
If you do come by, I hope you will have a good memory that will
last forever when you see firsthand the results of so many years
of sewing and gluing buttons.