SO I GOT AN EMAIL LAST NIGHT THAT OPENED THIS WAY: “Hello Professor (or whichever intern may be reading this).”
I don’t have any email-reading interns. (In fact, I don’t have any interns at all.) That means I miss a lot of email, since I get something like 1500 emails a day. But I prefer to miss stuff randomly rather than subject it to some sort of systematic filtering. Alas, I’ve been busier than usual these last few months, which means I’ve been an even worse correspondent than usual. Sorry! I do my best, but there’s no way I can read, much less respond to, all the email I get.