I also remember seeing a lot more stars in the sky. I grew up on the east edge of Oakville, behind us was bush, and there weren't any streetlights back then. I also worked up in Northern Ontario, for CN, and on occasion would be riding at the tail end of a freight train, with no lights at all, within miles, other than on the locomotive, over a mile away. The Northern Lights were quite something then.For most of human history, being able to see the stars has been an important thing. Even now, my son looks up at it in awe. Having that changed to "oh there are some stars up there but here's 40,000 satellites we threw up there willy-nilly without considering the consequences in the way" doesn't really elicit the same kind of reaction.
It's like most things businesses do: they care not one whit about the consequences or damage caused by anything they do so long as there's profit to be had. In that regard, things never change.
BTW, there's an area, near Gravenhurst, called the Torrance Barrens, where there are excellent conditions for stargazing.