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Wallet of USU alumnus returned 40 years later

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LAKE ARIEL, Pa. (AP) — An antiques dealer is being reacquainted with his past after a Utah family returned a wallet he lost at a gas station nearly 40 years ago.

The beige wallet still held $5 in cash, a traffic ticket, 8-cent airmail stamps and Doug Schmitt's freshman ID card from Utah State University.

"I had a real full head of hair back then," Schmitt, 57, of Lake Ariel, said Tuesday.

Schmitt apparently lost the wallet at a gas station in Logan in the spring of 1967, when he stopped to fill up his 1955 Austin Healy.

The station's owner stashed it in a drawer, presumably hoping the person would come back.

Ted Nyman, of Logan, found it decades later while cleaning out his father-in-law's estate. He tracked Schmitt down through the Internet and last week mailed the wallet 2,158 miles across the country.

The wallet also contained photos of Schmitt's high-school girlfriends and a dry-cleaning receipt.

"It makes me wonder if I still got some dry cleaning out there," he said.