Art Garfunkel ’62 Recieves I.A.L. Diamond Award
Art Garfunkel ’62 says he has “many sweet memories” of his time at
Columbia, which he describes as “a school that really took its books seriously.
People would sit around at dinner and talk about books, and I just thought that was fabulous.”
Garfunkel, who performed in Europe June 17–July 9 and began a U.S. tour on July 15,
received the third annual I.A.L. Diamond Award at a Lerner Hall reception prior to the April 29
performance of the Varsity Show. The award, named after I.A.L. Diamond ’41, the only person
to write four Varsity Shows and later the screenwriter of Some Like It Hot, honors an alumnus for
contributions to the performing arts.
Garfunkel, who as an undergraduate sang with the Kingsmen, told of the time when his childhood friend,
Paul Simon, burst into his room with the lyrics to “Sounds of Silence.” He also recalled
when he and Simon brought recording equipment into St. Paul’s Chapel “under the cover of
night, to record the ending of ‘The Boxer.’ We stayed there the whole night, singing all
Art Garfunkel '62 accepts the 2006 I.A.L. Diamond Award on April 29
in Lerner Hall, just prior to a Varsity Show performance. Enjoying
the moment with him are the show's producers, Grace Parra '06 (left)
and Olivia Gorvy '08.
Photo: Masha Volynsky '06