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The “You've Got Mail” guy is alive and well and living in Cleveland

The actor who gave the world the Wilhelm Scream died in 2003, but there’s one iconic disembodied voice that is still very much with us: Elwood Edwards, the voice of AOL. 

In 1989 Edwards was asked by Quantum Computer Services to record a tape of himself saying four phrases: “welcome,”, “file’s done,” “you’ve got mail,” and “goodbye.” Then Quantum changed its name to America Online, every man, woman, and child in America got a mailbox full of AOL install discs, and soon “you’ve got mail” entered into pop culture immortality. But notoriety didn’t translate into a voiceover career for Edwards, and in 1994 he moved to Akron, Ohio to work for a local news station.

Now Edwards is the editor and graphics supervisor for Cleveland’s WKYC Channel 3. That’s where comedian Jim Breuer found him, and in a behind-the-scenes video Breuer got Edwards to tell the story behind his famous voiceover track. Breuer’s next task: track down the voicemail lady.

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