Some of you will remember Paul Buck, former manager of what is today the Bojangles’ Coliseum on E. Independence Blvd. That “House of Entertainment” was born in 1955, when Charlotte didn’t go much past Myers Park.
The chief in charge who ran the joint for more than 33 years was Paul Buck. He was a dynamic man who could handle the sports moguls and the entertainment stars. He did it until 1988, when Charlotte thought the Coliseum and the new NBA Hornets should be in a larger, more modern, palace on Tyvola Rd. About that time, Paul Buck retired, but he had made his mark as one of the heavy hitters in Charlotte.
I knew him for 20 years. If you made it into his circle, he would take care of you. His top left drawer is where he kept his stash of the “good seats” to the big shows. Keep in mind, this was before computers — if the seats were sold out, he could “find” a couple.
Neil Diamond was here several times and sold the place out. Elvis came to Paul’s house in ‘73 & ‘77. I remember the last Elvis trip to Charlotte, a short time before he died. The old coliseum only had 11,000 seats, and Elvis could have sold out the Rose Bowl. Just before show time, Paul Buck and Elvis’ manager, Colonel Tom Parker, made the rounds inside the place like two Generals running an army.
Paul Buck was big time…we were lucky to have him all those years.