My bf was born in 56 and told me once that while she missed it, there was a period of time where doctors were removing tonsils whether they were a problem or not, and her older sister had hers removed. I think by the time bf was born they realized it really wasn't necessary to remove them until they did pose a problem.
Friend still has her tonsils and they haven't caused any issues for her.
I was so glad when mine came out and my deviated septum fixed. Before then my parents used to make embarrassing comments about my snoring like "Wake up, you're scaring the other drivers!" when we were driving. Course there was no comfortable and snore-proof way to sleep in the car as lying down was not an option for me, usually since younger brother usually was the first to fall asleep and would put his head in my lap.
I still snore, but no one has made any embarrassing jokes about it.