Photograph of Red Buttons wearing a winter hat in the center with white text and stars surrounding on red background.
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Red Buttons was born as Aaron Chwatt in New York in 1919. He got a job as an entertaining bellhop at a Bronx tavern at age 16. There, the orchestra leader started calling him “Red Buttons” due to his red hair and the bellhop uniform. A stage name was created. Buttons had movie career from 1944-2005 including The Poseidon Adventure. He had a TV variety show from 1952-1955. In 1953, he recorded a hit record, “Strange Things are Happening/The Ho-Ho Song.”
This button misquotes “The Ho-Ho Song” refrain. It actually goes, “Ho-Ho, He-He, Hoo-Hoo.” (It’s also on YouTube if you want to hear it.) Whether that was a printing error or a way to not quite infringe on copyright I’m not sure. Either way, it’s a red button about Red Buttons.