The Voice Behind AOL's 'You've Got Mail' Now an Uber Driver, Was Only Paid $200 for Slogan
The man who was the voice of AOL’s "You’ve Got Mail" greeting during the 90s and early 2000s is now an Uber driver in Ohio.
Elwood Edwards may not be a household name, but his voice is cemented in pop culture thanks to his famous greeting. The 67-year-old is now driving for Uber and says he does not get residuals from the words.
The guy behind that famous greeting from the early days of the internet told Inside Edition: "Everywhere I go people ask me, ‘do you get residuals? Did you make a lot of money from it?’
"And the question is always answered with no."
Edwards was paid just $200 for that famous recording. His wife was working for AOL at the time and he did it as a favor.
“I recorded, ‘welcome, you've got mail, file's done, goodbye.’ I did that on a cassette deck in my living room,” he said.
Edwards now makes extra income driving for Uber in Cleveland and his passengers are blown away when they learn about their driver's history.