Cleveland Heights, Ohio (WJW) – As the saying goes, it is too late than ever.
This couldn’t be more true for the Cleveland Heights native now living in San Francisco, who recently returned the Bob Dylan album he had borrowed from the University Heights branch of the Heights Library in 1973, when He was in the eighth grade.
The library’s website says that Howard Simon checked out “Self Portrait” by Bob Dylan, which was due to be returned to the library in June 1973.
But that date has come and gone, he explained in a letter sent in the mail with the decades-old overdue album.
Simon wrote, “As recently retired, I am taking this opportunity to turn my attention to some aspects of life that have been neglected because of career and family.” “In that context, I am returning this letter with an overdue item (by my count, approximately 17,480 days overdue as of this writing) … It is too late, and I am very sorry!”
He said in the letter that he found the record he had with his personal collection, sandwiched between two other Bob Dylan albums, “Nashville Skyline” and “New Morning”.
What is the penalty for returning something to the library late by almost 50 years?
It turns out, nothing.
“The funny thing about this is that we no longer charge overdue fines – as long as we get the item back, we have no need to punish people,” said branch manager Sarah Phillips, laughing. “We are grateful that Mr. Simon returned the record. I would say that now we can even call it that.”
Simon made amends by donating a “replacement fee” of $175, because “it’s not in great shape,” he said.
But the cherry on top is the second donation Simon has sent: a copy of his own album, titled “Western Reserve.”
It turns out that he is also a musician. Definitely inspired by Bob Dylan.
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