I certainly did. Even back in the 1960s, I fully realized the possibility of creating extra flare in my images when using any filter. Thus, the only filters I ever used were for the creative advantage of using them.
The only time I would use a UV filter in the olden days is when shooting color film and I sensed that a UV filter might improve my images. With today's digital cameras, there is absolutely no image improvement to be gained by using a UV filter so I don't even own one for any of my EOS lenses.
I learned some of the same lessons in the 80s. I am pretty sure it was reading John Shaw that led me to throw away my UV/Skylight filters. Haven't had one on for protection since.
The filter for protection is a POS (point of sale) item with a high profit margin, that is an easy sell, it all sounds very logical, and with the customer in a bit of a buying fog another sale is made and the commission is increased.