The Man Behind AOL’s ‘You’ve Got Mail’ Drives An Uber Now

A woman takes Uber in Ohio – and discovers her driver is the voice behind AOL’s famous phrase “you’ve got mail.”

The slow, tortuous process of getting on the internet in the 1990s, as your computer struggled to connect over your land line, was always made better by one singular phrase: "You've got mail."

That's the sound that greeted AOL users when they had new email.

In case you didn’t know, that was Elwood Edwards' voice, who was hired by the mass media corporation in 1989.

Edwards, a broadcast announcer by trade, landed the gig because his wife volunteered him.

“My wife was a customer service rep for the company that was about to become America Online,” Edwards told New York Magazine.

Edwards, a longtime voice actor, recorded the famous phrase along with others like “Welcome,” “File’s Done” and “Goodbye.” 

The 67-year-old said he recorded the phrases on a cassette tape in his living room for $200.

He was recently re-discovered by Brandee Barker, a Californian out campaigning for Hillary Clinton, in Ohio over the weekend.

“I completely geek freaked and asked if he would do the video,” she said.

Barker asked him to say those famous words again and he was pretty sporty about the whole thing. She posted a video of Edwards saying the famous phrase on Twitter.


Last year, Edwards made an appearance on “The Tonight Show” reading phrases for host Jimmy Fallon.

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