Bob Dylan album returned to library 48 years late

San Francisco man had borrowed the record when he was in eighth grade in 1973

Ellie Harrison
Thursday 03 June 2021 09:10
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After nearly five decades of blowin' in the wind, a double Bob Dylan album finally made it home when a man living in San Francisco mailed the vinyl back to an Ohio library 48 years late.

Howard Simon recently sent the album along with a letter to Heights Libraries apologising for his tardiness.

Simon checked out Dylan’s “Self Portrait” album in 1973 as an eighth-grader at a University Heights middle school. Simon, now 73, says he found it between two other Dylan albums in his personal vinyl collection.

“As a recent retiree, I am taking the opportunity to turn my attention to some of the many vignettes of life that by dint of career and family have been neglected these many years,” Simon wrote. “I am returning with the letter an overdue item by my count, approximately 17,480 days overdue as of this writing.”

His letter says the album cover is a little battered after traveling with him from University Heights to San Francisco with various stops in between, but the library says the records themselves remain in “great shape”.

Simon also sent the library a $175 replacement fee for “Self Portrait” along with an album he recorded, “Western Reserve”, for possible inclusion in the library's collection.

“The funny thing about this is that we don’t charge overdue fines anymore - as long as we get the item back, we see no need to penalise people,” branch manager Sara Phillips said. “We’re grateful that Mr Simon returned the record. I’d said we can now call it even.”

Additional reporting by Agencies

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