Yankee Clipper II

From today’s New York Daily News, a story you may have heard before – of note is that Paul is the recipient of a couple of honours and that he and Edie are fighting the good fight for John Kerry:

When Joe D. waxed lyrical

Back in the ’60s, the entire country was singing Simon & Garfunkel’s “Mrs. Robinson” and asking, “Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?”

But the Yankee Clipper didn’t seem to appreciate their concern when Paul Simon introduced himself to the baseball legend at an Italian restaurant on Central Park South.

“These were the days of the hippie,” Simon remembers. “I think he thought it was some kind of mockery that he wasn’t privy to.”

DiMaggio told Simon that he hadn’t “gone” anywhere – that he was doing ads for Mr. Coffee and Bowery Savings Bank.

“He didn’t understand,” says Simon, who admits that his lyric pining for another true American hero “was kind of hard to understand. It just sort of came to me.

“I tried to tell him that it wasn’t in any way meant negatively about him,” Simon told us Monday, when he received the 2004 Joe DiMaggio Award at the Waldorf benefit for Xaverian High School and Loyola School.

The song must have grown on Joltin’ Joe. Every time they met afterward, Simon remembers, “he was always very affectionate.”

P.S. Simon and his wife, Edie Brickell are having a weekend fund-raiser for Sen. John Kerry at their spread in Greenwich, Conn. And tonight Simon and Art Garfunkel will be honored at the New York Hilton for their $1 million donation to the Children’s Health Fund.