AND....we drank from garden hoses, rolled around in the dirt all day, rode bikes without helmets, and did everything that would give the Nanny State a stroke!
Amen, I have a year's set of 1954 Popular Mechanics, that I like to sit down and peruse now and then. Articles like, "build a 3 bedroom house out of plywood, in a weekend, for under $100" (doesn't include the $45 Stanley jigsaw) or new, "Chrysler concept car will float and fly at over 100 miles an hour". Still waiting for my x-ray specs and Rosicrucian secrets of the universe pamphlet, I'm starting to think the addresses are no longer relevant. Likewise the "turn your old Gravely into a street legal Jeep kit"...
People who never got stuck were just slackers 😉
If your N. IL included the Waukegan area, remember the time that Green Bay Road (131) got so drifted in between 173 and the State line that 2 semis were trapped IN the southbound lane for 4-5 days before they could be extracted and the road plowed & reopened? I had a '76 Celica coupe with retread Firestone snow tires and two 60 or 80lb (I forget) bags of Morton water softener salt pellets in the trunk to get to work on 3rd shift, after the plows were pulled for the night, uphill both ways. ☺