The Real Lynyrd Skynyrd Dies
The Florida teacher who inspired rockers LYNYRD SKYNYRD's misspelled name has died.
Leonard Skinner died on Monday (20Sep10) at a nursing home in Riverside, Florida. He was 77.
The Freebird rockers paid a sarcastic tribute to their former gym teacher, who lived in infamy during band founders Ronnie Van Zant and Gary Rossington's school days, because he had a habit of sending boys to the principal for growing their hair too long.
Ironically, many of the bandmates later became friends with Skinner.