I'm from the stone age too. We didn't have helmets, knee pads, goggles, ear plugs, mouth guards, elbow pads or the internet.
Helmets are nerdy *sorry* and I have a hard time making my little kids wear them.
We also played outside until the street lights came on, walked to the liquor store to bring in our soda bottles for change and bought candy with that money.
Mom and Dad took us three kids to the parties they went to, and left us to sleep in the car in the driveway (every once in a while they'd come out and check on us)
One more thing: We didn't have seatbelts in the back seat. Babies didn't have carseats. When my parents finally got a station wagon we'd fill up the back with children. For that matter, when it came to pick up trucks; all the kids and the dogs rode in the back.
I like to think I turned out fine. Hefty, and big busted, but fine.