Bob Dylan Album Gets Returned To Ohio Library 48 Years Late

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A San Francisco man has returned a Bob Dylan album to an Ohio library, a mere 48 years after it was due.

Howard Simon checked out Dylan’s Self Portrait vinyl album from University Heights Library in 1973. Simon was in the eighth grade at the time. Now 73, Simon said he recently re-discovered the Self Portrait album in question while shuffling through his record collection.

But hey, at least he apologized.

“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 in a letter, via The Associated Press. “I am returning with the letter an overdue item by my count, approximately 17,480 days overdue as of this writing.”

He didn’t stop there.

Per the AP, Simon also sent the library $175 as a replacement fee, as well as an album he himself recorded for potential inclusion in the library.

Meanwhile, the library promised in a statement that there are no hard feelings.

“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 penalize people,” branch manager Sara Phillips said. “We’re grateful that Mr. Simon returned the record. I’d said we can now call it even.”

So rock on, Mr. Simon. When it comes to the missing album, the answer, my friend, is no longer blowin’ in the wind.

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side,

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