I am from that same generation and time period, Farkel. I'd love to hear your stories and compare them with my own experiences.
What is interesting about that period of the 1950-60s is that there was such a disconnect between the actions of some JW families and others.
For example, Richard Kelly ("Growing Up in Mama's Club") was a good boyhood friend of mine. His parents were ham fisted in their approach to raising him and his siblings, refusing to let him participate in school sports, Little League, and other outside activities. My parents, on the other hand, were very liberal in that regard and encouraged us to play with neighborhood friends, get involved in team sports like Little League.
There were no hard and fast rules about outside activities in those days. It seemed to be determined by how strict the parents were and whether they chose to use the WT guidelines as an excuse for refusing to support their kids activities.
In the 1970s things really began to tighten up as far as school activities and educational opportunities. But most of the kids I went to Kingdom Hall with in the 50-60 time period were allowed to go to college if they wanted to and participate in sports. Just about everyone in my peer group went to junior college at some point.
I'd love to hear your experiences in that regard to compare to mine.
Go for it, Farkel!