JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Leonard Skinner, the basketball coach
and gym teacher who inspired the name of the Southern rock band
Lynyrd Skynyrd, has died in Florida.
He was 77.
Skinner's daughter, Susie Moore, says Skinner died in his sleep
early Monday at the St. Catherine Laboure Manor in Jacksonville,
where he had been living for about a year.
He had Alzheimer's disease.
Skinner 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
Skinner later allowed the band to use a photo of his Leonard
Skinner Realty sign for the inside of their third album.