You've got mail (North Carolina)

Jane Clark ucwords at HOTMAIL.COM
Wed Dec 1 02:00:38 UTC 1999

Isn't this just a bit of a stretch? Aren't we looking at real people, not
cyber voices?

>From: AAllan at AOL.COM
>Reply-To: American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
>Subject: You've got mail (North Carolina)
>Date: Sun, 28 Nov 1999 11:02:10 EST
>There are some distinctive vowels in the AOL announcements. Typical of New
>Bern, North Carolina? Here are two relevant news items. - Allan Metcalf
>   America Online Inc. extended its relationship with Elwood Edwards, the
>whose voice tells AOL e-mail users "You've got mail," to include his
>greetings on AOL 5.0. . . .
>    In a press release Friday, America Online said it will use Edwards'
>for new features including "You've Got Pictures," a service for members to
>send pictures online. . . .
>    Edwards' recorded AOL phrases also include "Welcome," "File's Done" and
>-Emily Park; Dow Jones Newswires 11/26/1999
>    A North Carolina native whose voice is a popular feature on America
>is uttering his famous phrase in movie theaters nationwide. Elwood Edwards,
>New Bern native who says "You've got mail" on AOL and in the movie of the
>same name, became the online service's mail greeter in 1989. His wife,
>was a customer service representative for the Internet provider at the time
>d Edwards volunteered.
>    -Greensboro News & Record 01/07/1999 (Northern Light summary)

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