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Elwood Edwards retires after 47 years in television

You've Got Mail With Elwood Edwards

Don't worry, you'll still hear his voice saying 'you've got mail!,' 'file's done' and 'goodbye,' -- Edwards is retiring from a totally different job. He's been in television for 47 years, the past 14 of which he's spent doing graphics at WKYC in Cleveland.

He announced the big move on his Facebook, noting that he's resigned at 64 so that he can enjoy retirement.



In 1989, Edwards' wife overheard Steve Case (co-founder of AOL) talking about adding a voice to the upcoming AOL software. She volunteered Edwards' voice, and he recorded those very famous three words on a cassette deck in his living room.

He went on to record 'welcome,' 'you've got mail!,' 'file's done,' and 'goodbye.' What started off as a test has continued until this day.

Man Behind AOL's 'You've Got Mail' Greeting Retires

Though Edwards' voice is familiar, most people don't recognize him on the street. 'When I'm out and about, people don't normally have a clue who I am,' he told 'Today.'

Edwards already has a few new plans: he says he wants to do voice overs and graphics for 'Today.'


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