Don't email these people

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Many readers may be distracted today by such trivialities as the destination of the US Presidency. So let's avoid the serious stuff and remind ourselves that not everybody can be reached by email.

(And even if they can, not everybody should be reached by email.)

Here's a select list of anti-email celebrities, with a US Government focus in honor of today's big event in the USA:
  • Michael Chertoff, United States Secretary of Homeland Security: said in 2006: "I don't use e-mail. One reason is when you write an e-mail, you have to be mindful of the fact that nothing ever disappears." (reference)
  • Umberto Eco, renowned author and philosopher was once quoted as saying (in the New Yorker, albeit in 1995), "I don't even have an E-mail address. I have reached an age where my main purpose is not to receive messages." (reference)
  • Alberto Gonzales, US Attorney General until 2007. (reference)
  • Professor Peter Higgs: that multi-billion dollar toy the physicists just built is looking for a particle named after him. (reference)
  • US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. According to a 2005 Washington Times article, she "...prefers personal contact to the cold computer screen." (reference)
  • The Internal Revenue Service. (reference)
  • Former US President Bill Clinton, at least according to a Vanity Fair article. (reference)
  • Professor Donald Knuth, author of "The Art of Computer Programming." (reference)

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