Monday, September 20, 2010

A Day in Rock History

It's not always obvious that a particular event will be historically noteworthy at the moment it happens. Other times, the significance of the event or those involved, virtually ensures a marker in the great book of time passed.

On a certain day in the early 1970's, a group of high school boys in Jacksonville, Florida showed up for gym class sporting hair that was micro-fractionally longer than it had been the day before. The clean-cut gym teacher, a stickler for rules who was apparently blessed with world-class discernment skills, promptly declared their hair to be "unacceptably long". He sent them all to the principle's office and they were summarily expelled. This date was not recorded in history.

Those boys later formed a rock and roll band which they chose to name, in a smart-alecky way, after the old gym teacher who had provoked their sense of rebellion. The exact dates when the band was formed, and when it was named, are also lost to history.

The band went on to reach super-stardom, wrote and recorded musical anthems that are still widely played today, and etched their presence immutably into rock and roll lore. The band is Lynyrd Skynyrd and the gym teacher was Leonard Skinner.

Let today be remembered, September 20, 2010, as the day that Leonard Skinner died.


  1. spookemook9/21/2010

    The band originally formed in 1964 under the name My Backyard. My Backyard was followed by The Noble Five. Other names included Conqueror Worm, Sons of Satan, the Wildcats and finally the One Percent.

  2. Boo Hoo9/21/2010

    If you just knew that off the top of your head, that is scary. If you went and looked it up so you could post it here, then that is really scary.