You’ve Got A Ride! Voice of AOL’s ‘mail’ now Uber driver

Credit: Brandee Barker

CLEVELAND (AP) — A California woman stumbled upon a voice from the past during a trip to Ohio when she discovered her Uber driver was the man behind America Online’s famous “You’ve Got Mail” greeting.

Brandee Barker was in the Cleveland area over the weekend for the presidential campaign when she got into an Uber driven by Elwood Edwards. After Edwards told her about his claim to fame, she took a video of him saying the phrase and posted it on Twitter.

Edwards told The Associated Press in 1999 that he recorded his AOL greetings in 1989. He was also the voice of AOL’s “Welcome,” ”Goodbye” and “File’s Done” messages.

“You’ve Got Mail” became a pop culture catchphrase in the late 1990s and served as the title of a 1998 Tom Hanks film. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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