While I was in high school in the mid 60's I was told that the end was so near that I would not get to graduate from high school so I should not be concerned about being drafted due to the war in Vietnam. Well I got drafted but did not pass my physical due to a medical problem.
I then considered go to school in the late 60's to enter the medical field. I was encouraged by the elders not to do this because the end is so near and why get schooling for a profession that you will not need in a few years? I heeded their timely advise and got a job as a laborer in a dirty hell hole.
In the early 70's I was promoted to be an elder. These were good times for J.W.'s. Our congreation was on fire with growth due to the end coming in 1975. We had about 25 new ones in a period of a couple of years. Only 2 of the 25 are still Witnesses. The others gave up.
I at first refussed to teach that the end was coming in 1975 despite the talks and the circuit assemblies, which at the time were in high schools. The assemblies had a big sign beside the stage stating 58 months to go. The next assembly, 6 months later, the sign was changed to 52 months to go. Finally I gave in and also began to preach and teach the 1975 doctrine. I would tell my bible studies that they had better get on the ball or they just were not going to survive. It really upsets me now when the Society does not take any credit for pushing the 1975 doctrine. They blame it on a few overly zealous ones in the organization.
I was told that the end was so close that my children would not have to worry about going to school. Well they did go to school, graduated from high school and now I have grand children in high school.
When I discuss these thoughts with my faithful living parent she says but look how closer the end is now than back then. She is now in her 80's, can't do much of anything more than watch television. She has lost her health, her husband, her teeth, but not her faith. She keeps telling me that with things getting so bad the end must be near. Too bad, too sad.