That award was made in Boston in summer 2006 and Mark Simonson was asked to say some words in praise of Adrian Frutiger at the presentation. Mark explained how he first became interested in design and typography after preparing his high school newspaper and discovering that there was a typeface kicking around that was clean and sharp.
And how this led on to discovering that, although they were very similar in appearance, there were significant differences between Helvetica and Univers.
That Univers had been designed by Adrian Frutiger, and how he subsequently discovered Frutiger's book Type Sign Symbol.
It's a brilliant tribute to the man and his achievements and, if you ever wonder why designers can get so steamed up about whether you should use this or that particular typeface, I recommend that you read it. Mark's description of the event can be seen here, and the talk itself (which is in PDF format) can be downloaded from here.