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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It's enough to restore one's faith in humanity. That's the words of a Louisville businessman who had his college ring returned to him after 40 years.
It was Halloween, and John Plumeri was building a fence in the Highlands neighborhood when something shiny caught his eye. "Wow, I remember how happy I was to see it and I'm even happier now to see it."
After losing his college ring 40 years ago, Ed Gould now has it back. It appears to have survived the elements and looks amazingly good after 40 years.
"I saw this clump of dirt on the ground with the little gold spec in it so I picked it up, broke it apart and found a class ring from 1963 Northeastern."
That's when John King went to work try to locate the owner of the ring, which had the initials "ELG" on it. He reached a representatives from Northeastern University who tracked down Gould within hours.
King called Northeastern. "I got on the Internet and Googled "Class of 1963 Northeastern University and got ahold of Dave," King recalled. "And then Dave and you called me at my house within two hours, which is amazing."
"I want to thank you very much for it," Gould said. "It has some sentimental value. It doesn't fit me anymore -- can you do something about that?" Gould said with a chuckle.
Gould doesn't exactly remember when he lost the ring but he does remember driving down the road near the house where it was found.
"My wife said I had my hand out the window, and I said, 'I don't have my ring anymore.'
So less than 24 hours after the ring was found in the dirt, Gould now has it back on his hand, at least for awhile. "I'll probably put it back on a drawer and my kids will probably find it one day."
That's one way to make sure it doesn't fly off his hand again.
But Gould says there is a greater lesson to this story.
"It shows the better part of humanity," Gould said, "and I hope I would do the same thing."