Man Who Inspired The Name Lynyrd Skynyrd Dies
Leonard Skinner, the Florida teacher who inspired the name Lynyrd Skynyrd, hasa died at the age of 77.
Skinner was a gym teacher at Robert E. Lee High School in Jacksonvill, where his pupils included Skynyrd founding members Gary Rossington and Bob Burns.
Says Rossington: “Coach Skinner had such a profound impact on our youth that ultimately led us to naming the band, which you know as Lynyrd Skynyrd, after him. Looking back, I cannot imagine it any other way. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time”.