A copy of a Bob Dylan album was returned to an Ohio library 48 years after his return.
Howard Simon returned the Self Portrait record, which he describes as one of “Dylanleast liked albums ”, with a letter explaining the nearly five-decade delay in making it to the Cleveland Heights Library in state.
Mr. Simon wrote: “As a recent retiree, I take this opportunity to bring my attention to some of the many vignettes of life which, through career and family, have been overlooked for many years.
“In this context, I am returning with this letter a late article (according to my count, about 17,480 days late at the time of writing this article) that I borrowed from the library in the spring of 1973 when I was 14 years and 8th grade at Wiley.
“So it’s pretty late, and I’m so sorry!”
The album itself was released in 1970 on Colombia Records and featured tracks like All The Tired Horses, Let It Be Me, and Like A Rolling Stone.
Mr Simon estimated he owed $ 1,748 (£ 1,231) in fees at a rate of 10 cents a day, but argued that the cost of replacing the album was only 1% of that amount.
Instead, he enclosed a check for $ 175 “for this transgression of my youth”.
Mr Simon also added a copy of his own Western Reserve album to the letter, saying it could be an “obscure item” for the library’s collection.
Writing on the Cleveland Heights Library website, Principal Sara Phillips said: “I received a package in the mail from San Francisco that was in the shape of a disc and – voila! – it contained a disc from our collection. which was to return in June 1973.!
“The funny thing about this is that we no longer charge overdue fines – as long as we get the item back, we don’t see a need to penalize people.
“We are grateful that Mr. Simon returned the record. I said we can now call it even.”