I was young, it was free, there was no email or web. I didn’t know what it was called domain names,, it was requested by calling my ISP, the owner of the ISP did it himself. By 1997 I realized what it was, but I did not know who the registrar was, and I let it go.
I did not start collect domain names until 2002. I only started selling domain name for money until someone called me and offered to buy my domain name in 2005.
All those years with missed opportunities. But when you live through it, the experience was very different.