Many longtime managers were either fired or quit, Taylor said, and replacements were brought in by Akron.
"The first time John called me on the telephone a few years back, it was like a dream. There he was, just suddenly grilling me with a hundred questions to see if I could make it as one of his guests. I was so flattered. But I had to keep up. I didn’t realize until after the call that I’d just been ranting away about 100 things in the news with one of my idols," Mr. Taylor said.