His birth name was Leslie.
He holds two entries in "The Guinness Book of World Records". One is for having the distinction of being the entertainer with "the longest running contract with a single network - spanning sixty-one years". The second is for being the "most honored entertainer", with over 1500 awards.
His golf buddy was Prescott Bush, the father and grandfather of presidents George Bush and George W. Bush.
He was the only entertainer to have complete carte blanche to walk on whenever he felt like it on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson".
He is among the select few non-band members who have had the honor of dotting the "i" during The Ohio State University Marching Band's 'Script Ohio' routine. This is considered the greatest honor the band can bestow to any non-band person and is an extremely special (and rare) event.
In November of 1948, upon the upset presidential re-election, he sent President Harry S. Truman a one-word telegram: "Unpack". Truman was so amused by it he kept it in his desk in the Oval Office.
He entertained the troops overseas in every war from WWII to the Gulf War and became the first 'honorary veteran' by Congress.