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Leonard Skinner
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    (January 11, 1933-September 20, 2010)
    Born in Jacksonville, Florida
    Birth name was Forby Leonard Skinner
    Gym teacher and basketball coach at Robert E. Lee High School in Jacksonville
    Later became a realtor and bar owner
    Namesake for the band Lynyrd Skynyrd
    Skynyrd named themselves after him because of his strict enforcement of the school policy against long hair.
    He said he was bothered by exaggerated versions of the story in which he got the band members expelled from school.
    When he heard his son playing the band's debut album, he yelled, 'What the hell kind of noise are you listening to?'
    After a photo of the sign for his real estate business (including his phone number) was featured on the band's 'Nuthin Fancy' album, he would receive calls from fans at all hours: 'They'd say, 'Who's speaking,' and I'd say Leonard Skinner, and they'd say 'Far Out,' which it really wasn't at four in the morning.'
    After learning that the band had been named after him, he noted, 'I guess I could have sued or some such garbage, but it didn't bother me.'
    He became friendly with the band members, even taking the stage to introduce them at a hometown concert.
    The New York Times called him 'arguably the most influential high school gym teacher in American popular culture.'

Credit: C. Fishel

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