15 July 2022

Published July 13, 2022 by rochellewisoff

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PHOTO PROMPT © Dale Rogerson

Genre: Historical Fiction
Word Count: 100


Papa put the finishing touches on a straw hat, placed it on his head and, to little Aaron’s delight, broke into a soft shoe.

Mr. Jerwick applauded and laughed. “I’ll take the hat, Mr. Chwatt. But I’m no dancer.”

“Hey Pop,” said sixteen-year-old Aaron. “Check out my uniform for my new job.”

“Doing what? So many buttons.”

“I’m a singing bell boy.” Aaron raked his fingers through his wavy red hair. “Making people smile—like you, Pop. And how about my stage name?”

From Vaudeville to Broadway and film, history will forever remember award-winning entertainer Red Buttons with a smile.

Aaron Chwatt was the son of Jewish immigrants. His father, Michael Chwatt made his living as a milliner in New York’s Lower East Side who enjoyed entertaining his customers.


62 comments on “15 July 2022

  • His name is familiar to me, but I have only vague memories of his face and performances. We didn’t have a television until I was 8, so I missed his shows in the early 50s. I love his never-changing smile!

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  • Dear Rochelle,

    You have such a knack for bringing all sorts of folks to life! I know his name, I’ve seen some of his movies (thanks for the link) and yet, I feel I don’t know him at all! Now I feel like looking into his performances 😉

    Shalom and lotsa laughter and love,


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    • Dear Dale,

      Actually his whole “never got a dinner” shtick went way under my radar. I knew who he was. Figured he was Irish. Who nu? Thanks for stopping by and saying nice things. 😀

      Shalom and lotsa entertaining hugs,


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    • Dear Jen,

      I’d hoped the wide spaces and age progression would show the flow of time. Thank for your kind comments. (Oops now I see the wide spaces didn’t make the transfer…sorry).




  • Hi Rochelle,
    great job on giving one of your trademark glimpses into the origins of someone in history. I hadn’t heard of him so I just emerged from a rabbit hole of watching videos on Youtube of him. 🙂 I hope you’re having a good summer.

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