NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Saturday night the Grand Ole Opry marked a first by recognizing its undisputed, most loyal fan.
Paul Eckart moved from Pennsylvania to Nashville 40 years ago. He watched his first Opry performance before he even unpacked and he hasn't missed a weekend show since, so Saturday night the Opry honored him with its first-ever Opry Fan Award.
He sits in the same seat for every show, section five, row BB, seat one, and he says it's the best in the house. As for shows, if he had to pick, Paul says the Opry's 75th Birthday celebration was his favorite, but he loves them all.
"Every show is different; every show is good, some are much better than others as you know. That's true of anything. But I love the Grand Ole Opry, there's nothing else I can say," said Eckart.
His wife goes to bingo when Paul is at the Opry. In two months, they'll celebrate 60 years of marriage.