firstname.lastname@example.org started in 1986 by Richard Sexton on Brian Reid's computer who both had something to do with the first Usenet tropical fish newsgroups. The original participants were Oleg Kiselev from Los Angeles, Gary Sutcliffe from Wisconsin then shortly after, Andrew Broome from New Zealand and Matt Kaufman from New Jersey. Within a year or so it took off. We'd been urging people at AKA meetings to use email and slowly killifans were getting online By 1989 were were regularly emailing killifans in the Netherlands and Germany and a few years later registered AKA.ORG for Harry Specht, the then president of the AKA. Some time later the AKA finally began an official mail list around the time the WWW exploded and then there were dozens of killifish web BBS fora.
sci.aquariawere created to further discussion of killifish and in the early days of the web I also registered
AKA.ORGdomain name for Harry Specht on behalf of the American Killifish Association. For a while I ran websites for all of the killi clubs worldwide until they got up to speed on this newfangled web stuff and cold do it themselves.