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Library user returns an overdue Bob Dylan vinyl after nearly fifty YEARS; he added a note saying, ‘I’m quite sorry.’


Ohio, United States (1 June 2021) –copy of a Bob Dylan album has finally been returned to a library… 48 years after it was checked out.

University Heights library in Ohio in the Midwestern region of the United States was reunited with the album called Self Portrait last month, despite it being due back in June 1973.

According to the library’s Instagram page, Howard Simon returned the vinyl with an apologetic letter explaining what took him so long.

“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.

“In that context, I am returning with this letter an overdue item (by my count, approximately 17,480 days overdue as of this writing) that I borrowed from the library in the spring of 1973 when I was 14 and in 8th grade at Wiley.

“So it’s quite late, and I’m quite sorry!”

Simon’s letter goes on to explain that the record “isn’t in great shape” and partly blames his nomadic life.

“This particular album has moved with me (in succession) from University Heights to Chicago, Santa Fe, Los Angeles, Berkeley, back to Chicago, back to Berkeley, again to Chicago, Sacramento, and finally San Francisco. I’m pleased it’s survived at all.”

Simon did make amends by donating what he calls “a replacement fee” of $175.

The album itself was released in 1970 by Colombia Records and featured tracks like Let It Be Me and Like A Rolling Stone.

Sources: University Heights Library
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