I am enjoying your stories too. I am passing them along to a friend of ours who was at Bethel in 1974 and 75 (as I recall). He was only in Brooklyn briefly and then went to Walkill, where his brother had been for a couple of years. Not as bad there I think. He is enjoying your stories too.
Maybe I can get him to write something for me to post for him, about his take on your experiences.
I must say though, I ate at Bethel many times, visiting over the years and I always thought the food was fantastic!! My husband worked there several times on construction projects and one time, (1991) I brought our 12 year old son to tour the facilities while my husband and our son in law, a plumber, were both working there. My father came along as "security" for us, and we stayed at a condo in Bay Ridge, owned by some JW's and rented out to visitors. We had a great time, and met up with old friends from the Poland trip, who are Bethel heavyweights.
We also went to Walkill where my cousin and her family were living nearby, and toured WT Farm, with friends from their congregation. The food there was especially good. Our son went away from the tour knowing he NEVER wanted to go to Bethel, not exactly what I was hoping for. He thought it looked very very miserable. He knew he would "die there", and I think it would not have been a good experience for him.