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Actually, my real e-mail address was firstname.lastname@example.org, but, since no one was using email@example.com, I was able to get it as an alias. People were impressed when lowly me handed them my business card with firstname.lastname@example.org, especially since I'd leave my job title blank.
Every few months another guy named Joseph would e-mail me to check to see if I was still working at Apple. I let him know when I left Apple in 2007 so he could be assigned the alias by the IT department (IS&T). For this, he was grateful.
Recycling the same e-mail address produced an unexpected gotcha. A couple months after I left Apple, the new email@example.com contacted me and asked me to release the e-mail address from my LinkedIn profile. He was unable to use his new e-mail address with LinkedIn since it was tied to my LinkedIn account. This reminded me that all my personal accounts listing my old Apple e-mail address needed to be updated.
One nice thing about having a relationship with my successor is that, for the following few years, the new firstname.lastname@example.org would forward me e-mails from my contacts who weren't aware that I'd left the company.