AMSTERDAM, NY–A recently unearthed 2010 interview with Ray Tomlinson, inventor of email, revealed his perspective on some of the missteps he made along the way. Speaking with The Reporter, the late Tomlinson expressed his disdain for many of email’s features, such as the name, which he would rebrand as “Ray Mail” if given the opportunity.
However, it was the spam mailbox that still kept him up at night.
“It’s actually quite useless if you think about it, you know? I was at a stage in my life where I had just discovered spam musubi, but in all honesty I don’t really eat spam ever anymore. It was a phase. I don’t really know anyone who even eats spam, let alone enough spam to necessitate an entire mailbox for it,” Tomlinson shared in the bombshell interview.
Talking about rectifying the wrong, Tomlinson recounted proactive conversations he’d had with the Gmail team in the months prior, moving closer to what he considered the remedy: a pastrami mailbox. “Who doesn’t love pastrami? I often find myself wanting more pastrami than I know what to do with. It would be great to have somewhere to store it all away. Like a mailbox. It’s like one of those ‘duh’ moments. I’m kicking myself for not thinking of this in the first place,” he explained through a salivating mouth, barely audible over his rumbling stomach.