Yeah, and back then stories were simply word of mouth. There was a certain amount of deniability. In the age of internet hoaxes, photoshop, and "pic or it didnt happen" no story is true without HD video of it.
I cannot count how many things I did in my youth that Im happy there is no proof\record of. Its all just urban legend. It was certainly a different time, but many things I did for relatively innocent entertainment (I was a good kid) back then would be an indefinite prison sentence today.