"Tonight Show" performer remembers Carson

12:42 AM, Jan 25, 2005   |    comments
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Dalton Stevens has made a relatively big name for himself as the “Button King.” You may have heard of him. He's got an entire outfit covered in buttons. But if you ask Mr. Stevens what made him as the “Button King," he'll tell you it all goes back to one late night in Burbank, California, 18 years ago. Dalton Stevens has had his time in the spotlight. David Letterman, Regis and Kathy Lee, Bill Cosby ... Dalton has shared the stage with all of them. But he'll tell you none of those appearances compare to his first big break: an appearance as the “Button King” with the “King of Late Night.” “Johnny Carson was the biggest I've ever been with and ever will,” said Stevens. “I will never get on another show as big as his one was." Monday, Dalton took a trip down memory lane, watching a tape of his appearance on the Tonight Show. The date was March 19, 1987. Dalton says it was a night that changed his life. “I felt like I was talking to my best friend,” said Stevens of Carson. “He was just as nice as could be." Soon after his Tonight Show appearance, Dalton's career took off. "I've done well after I was on that show,” he said. “I’ve been in a commercial. I've done well with that commercial. I wouldn't have got on if it hadn't been for people like Johnny Carson."

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