John Hinckley's return to normalcy has been years in making

FILE - In this Nov. 18, 2003 file photo, John Hinckley Jr. arrives at U.S. District Court in Washington. A judge says Hinckley, who attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan will be allowed to leave a Washington mental hospital and live full-time in Virginia. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) - Life for the man who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan 35 years ago has progressively become more normal, with greater freedom outside a psychiatric hospital, and perhaps nowhere is this more evident the record store where he whiles away so many hours.

John Hinckley Jr., now 61, has made purchases at Retro Daddio one might expect from a man of his generation: A book about The Who, the graying rock band currently on a farewell tour, and an album by obscure '60s rockers Ian and the Zodiacs that languished on the shelf for six months.

He's on a first-name basis with owner Jen Thurman, chatting her up about a Beatles poster he has that was signed by Paul McCartney and other musical trivia. A photo on the wall of a young Jodie Foster - the actress he said he was trying to impress when he shot Reagan and three others in 1981 - seems to go unnoticed.