Good experience, Moshe. Sounds like I don't want to run into you in door2door.
The year 1984 was only 9 years following the 1975 fiasco. You would have thought they had finally learned their lesson about predictions. Yes, the Society had kept teasing the flock with that date, never actually predicting it. They realized they had gone too far in their language and in their public talks, however, and at the very least regretted (not apologized or said they were sorry) what they had said. Here's the closest to an apology that I could find.
... regarding the year 1975. There were statements made then, and thereafter, stressing that this was only a possibility. Unfortunately, however, along with such cautionary information, there were other statements published that implied that such realization of hopes by that year was more of a probability than a mere possibility. It is to be regretted that these latter statements apparently overshadowed the cautionary ones and contributed to a buildup of the expectation already initiated. Watchtower, 1980, 3/15 p. 17 par. 5
The poor flock deserved more than that disclaimer. It was cliché of a thief getting caught stealing, then asked if he was sorry. Sure he was sorry, the story goes -- sorry that he got caught.