Wow! This is crazy. I knew Fred and Kate as they were the cool couple in the congregation I was born into. I was a kid when all the apostate stuff started happening and it was a very traumatic time. We lived in a small farm town in Illinois, pop. 16,000, and the Gholson family left en masse and began advertising against the WTS with newspapers ads and billboards.
My dad was the PO at the time and he was a mess over all of it. I remember him reading one of Fred and Kate's letters during a local needs talk. I'm not sure how much they got into doctrine in their letters, as the elders, of course, wouldn't read that part, but the rest was incredibly petty and bitchy towards all of us in general. The only thing I can remember specifically is that they encouraged people to come find them at the local health club, because most JWs were too cheap to join - lol. I think the elders decided to read those excerpts to convince people to stay in "the truth" as the Gholsons did a pretty good job of picking off the strays at the edge of the flock. I really wish now I had been a stray - would have saved myself another 15-odd years of blah and meh.