(AP) — After nearly five decades of blowing in the wind, a double Bob Dylan
album has found a home: A man in San Francisco
has mailed the vinyl back to an Ohio library 48 years after it was supposed to be returned.
According to a news
release from the library system outside Cleveland, Howard Simon
recently sent the album to Heights Libraries, along with a letter apologizing for his tardiness.
As an eighth-grader at a University Heights middle school in 1973, Simon checked out Dylan's "Self Portrait" album, which he discovered in his personal vinyl collection between two other Dylan albums.
“As a recent retiree, I am taking this opportunity to turn my attention to some of the many vignettes of life that have been neglected due to career and family for many years,” Simon wrote, adding, “I am returning with the letter an overdue item by my count, approximately 17,480 days overdue as of this writing.”
The album cover is a little battered from traveling with him from University Heights to San Francisco with various stops in between, according to his letter, but the records themselves are in "great shape," according to the library.
Simon also sent the library a $175 replacement fee for "Self Portrait," as well as a recording of his, "Western Reserve," for possible inclusion in the library's collection.
The library harbored no ill will or the impression that Simon had squandered their valuable time, essentially telling him in the press release not to worry; everything is fine.
thing about this is that we no longer charge overdue fines
–as long as we get the item back, we see no reason to penalize people
,” branch manager Sara Phillips
was quoted as saying. “We’re grateful that Mr. Simon returned the record; I’d said we can now call it even.”