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‘It’s quite late and I’m quite sorry.’ Man returns record to University Heights Library 48 years late

SpectrumNews1 – The University Heights branch of Heights Libraries recently received a surprising package in the mail.

“At first, I thought it was a picture book because it was this size,” said branch manager Sara Phillips. 

It was a copy of Bob Dylan’s 1970 album “Self Portrait.”

“I just kind of burst out laughing when I saw the label inside,” said Phillips, who initially thought the record was a donation. 

It was a return. Nearly 50 years late. 

The record came with a letter. A man named Howard Simon, who now lives in San Francisco, California, borrowed the album when he was just 14 years old.

As a recent retiree, he writes, he had just gotten around to returning it.

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