I had my doubts in the early 1990's, and I know the internet was there, but it wasn't anything like it is today. Also, some had quit the WT in the 1970's and 80's, but not that many. Now if you take how many have left, along with all the information on the internet, especially all of the BOE letters and other documents, it is so easy to see the WT's nonsense from day ONE.
I had an extensive library, even having the Studies in the Scriptures by Russell that I got at a flea market in PA Dutch country 20 years ago. But I didn't have access to the WT and Awake (and it's earlier names) from 1890 to 1950, so much of the nonsense was unknown to most, including me. After the aluminum cookware, reading bumps on Russell's head, vaccinations, Rutherford's being a drunk, the hatred he held toward the world, 1925, blah, blah and so forth, I wondered why I hadn't checked all this first. But again, it just wasn't easy to find.
You get love-bombed when you show up. My family was disfunctional. I was looking for the meaning of life. I also went to the first meeting to please an old friend who became a JW. I met a woman that first night and our eyes locked. We got marrried that year.
It's hard to check on all the negative stuff when a few dozen people have you over for dinner every night for a year, you meet and start dating your future wife, everyone was my age, etc. This was in 1977. Even though the 1975 had failed, everyone seemed to think that we might be off a few years, so what?
I also remember, and Ray Franz mentioned this in his book, the 1970's were more mellow and tolerant. Half of ever hall I ever visited was the age of late 20's, early 30's. So I had an instant family, but one that was my generation. (OOPS, NAUGHTY WORD. OH MY GOD, I'M GOING TO DIE! ARRGGgghhhh........)
Sorry, I made it back. (No light at the end of the tunnel with Jesus calling me.) Anyway, we played softball after each Sunday meeting, had picnics on Saturday afternoons, and other things. It's pretty hard not to be impressed with 200 people all getting along and acting like they've known each other for 40 years and are all related.
Again, I now know I joined for psychological reasons. If my wife, whom I married in 1977, had quit 3 years later, I might have as well. When things got tougher in the 1980's, especially 1983, it wasn't fun anymore to be a JW. Of course, that's no reason to choose this religion, but they just "felt right". I never thought to see if they "were right". Now I have and I know the real truth. My best to all.