Like Stuart, we first "got connected" in the early '80's with Compuserve. We were using Tandy Model II's and receiving text at a frustrating slow speed, it seemed only slightly faster than the teletype bringing "wire service" stories at a newspaper I worked for in 1969. It wasn't really very useful but it was interesting. By the mid-90's we ended up on AOL after weird experiences with PC Link which was it's predecessor. Being a packrat, I still have a couple those early '80's computers and modems stored somewhere under the house and have a web page about them.