COTTAGE GROVE – For a small backwater, Cottage Grove sure seems to have produced some outsized personalities. One that still holds water is longtime swimming coach Bud Taylor. Some of his former swimmers, realizing that they too were getting up in years and having attended memorials of classmates, felt it was time to tell Coach Taylor exactly what they thought of him to his face.
It is one thing to hold a eulogy over the grave; it’s quite another to have the person you are honoring hear your words – the latter being much more satisfying . . .