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  posted on 9/20/2010 at 05:43 PM
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hOyDDRgS0mvE2RSZH7yU3gVB2 nGQD9IBTOKG0

Lynyrd Skynyrd inspiration dies in north Florida
(AP) 27 minutes ago

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Leonard Skinner, the basketball coach and gym teacher who inspired the name of the Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, died Monday in Florida, his daughter said. He was 77.

Skinner died in his sleep at the St. Catherine Laboure Manor in Jacksonville, where he had been living for about a year, his daughter Susie Moore said. Skinner had Alzheimer's disease.

He was working at Robert E. Lee High School in Jacksonville in the late 1960s when he sent a group of students to the principal's office because their hair was too long. Those students later formed a band, using a variation of Skinner's name for their own.

During an interview in January 2009, Skinner said he was always bothered by the way the legend grew to say he was particularly tough on the band members or that he had kicked them out of school, according to The Florida Times-Union, which first reported Skinner's death.

"It was against the school rules," Skinner said then. "I don't particularly like long hair on men, but again, it wasn't my rule."

The band became popular in the mid-1970s, with hits such as "Sweet Home Alabama" and "Free Bird." Three of the band members, including lead singer Ronnie Van Zant, were killed in a 1977 plane crash. The band regrouped and continues to perform today.

Years after sending the young students to the office, Skinner found his son listening to an album called "Pronounced Leh-Nerd Skin-Nerd." The son, also named Leonard, said his father wasn't particularly impressed.

After discovering the connection, Skinner eventually made friends with some of the band members, according to the paper. They even performed at a Jacksonville bar the former coach owned.

Skinner later allowed the band to use a photo of his Leonard Skinner Realty sign for the inside of their third album, and he once introduced them at a Jacksonville concert.

Skinner's children said their father was never completely comfortable with being linked to the band but did grow to embrace it.

"He made a lot of new friends," Moore said. "That in itself really brought a lot of wonderful people in our family's lives, simply because they were Lynyrd Skynyrd fans, and they wanted to meet Dad. They loved him. They're part of our extended family now."

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.


r.i.p leonard.

 

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  posted on 9/20/2010 at 06:28 PM


RIP Leonard
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If I leave here tomorrow

Would you still remember me?

For I must be travelling on, now,

'Cause there's too many places I've got to see.

But, if I stayed here with you, girl,

Things just couldn't be the same.

'Cause I'm as free as a bird now,

And this bird you can not change.

Lord knows, I can't change.

 

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  posted on 9/20/2010 at 07:12 PM
R.I.P. Mr Skinner. You're with many of them now....

 

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  posted on 9/20/2010 at 07:39 PM
RIP Leonard

 

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  posted on 9/20/2010 at 07:46 PM
Met "Coach" along with Gene Odum outside the JacksonvilleTheatre around 1999 when Skynyrd was doing a benefit gig for their guitar tech.
Gene was best friends with Ronnie growing up and was selling copies of his book. Coach signed our book and then signed a reprint of a newspaper cartoon for us. He was a real gentleman. We gave them our extra ticket and went inside. Last time I got to see Leon play that bass.
RIP Coach. Save me a spot up front.

 

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  posted on 9/20/2010 at 09:08 PM
I bet deano will send flowers.

 

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  posted on 9/20/2010 at 09:17 PM
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I bet deano will send flowers.


Have to be honest Ron, I miss Dean when the Skynyrd threads pop up. Not all the other crap. You have to admit the guy knows his LS.

I met Gene Odum once at a Molly Hatchet show, plugging the first version of his book. I think he was their road manager at the time. Really, really nice guy. And for those that don't know a crash survivor.

 

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  posted on 9/20/2010 at 09:41 PM
Who is Deano?

 

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Who is Deano?


Really? Been hiding under a rock for the last 10 years Barry

Super troll. Probably the first one banned when the new mods took over.

 

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  posted on 9/21/2010 at 09:25 AM
Aaaaack,don't summon trouble personified.

If I were ever to start a band, which is unlikely, but if I ever did, the name would be Sister John Dominic, a Nazi nun from my freshman and sophmore years at Dominican Commercial High School who sent me to the principals' office on numerous occasions for extremely minor infractions.

 

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  posted on 9/21/2010 at 11:38 AM
RIP Leonard.
 

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  posted on 9/21/2010 at 12:44 PM
Thanks for posting.

 

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  posted on 9/21/2010 at 12:45 PM
IMO this is the best origin of a bands name.

RIP Mr. Skinner

 

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  posted on 9/21/2010 at 01:11 PM
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IMO this is the best origin of a bands name.

RIP Mr. Skinner


Have always thought so myself. RIP Mr. Skinner. I'm glad you Leonard Skinner'd some cool and talented boys back in the day.

 
 


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