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Simon and Garfunkel earned a massive hit with “Mrs. Robinson,” a song that is synonymous with The Graduate, but it didn’t please a certain Joe DiMaggio. As recounted in the recently published Paul Simon: The Life by Robert Hilburn, Simon had learned that DiMaggio had been offended by the reference to him and had even considered filing a lawsuit. The song includes the couplet:
Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?
A nation turns its lonely eyes to you.
When Simon and DiMaggio happened to meet in an Italian restaurant, Joe was charming, much to Simon’s relief. He did bring up the song, however. “What I don’t understand,” he told Simon, “is why you ask where I’ve gone,” writes Hilburn. “I just did a Mr. Coffee commercial. I’m a spokesman for the Bowery Savings Bank. I haven’t gone anywhere.”