Herbert W. Armstrong was a staple of my grandmother's radio listening schedule.
I listened intently as a small boy.
Armstrong was simply a wonderful speaker. He was plain in speech and powerful in building a common sense argument to a pointed conclusion.
His son, Garner Ted Armstrong, has the same style and approach. You can catch him now and then on cable tv selling old tapes and pamphlets.
What the Watchtower Society did not do in the 1970's when they had the "opportunity" is not surprising, really.
I married into a Jewish family and really got to know both ordthodox and Reformed Jewish people who were quite intelligent and articulate.
It is simply unthinkable for them--EVEN THOUGH THEY KNOW full well how non-literal their beliefs are because of intellectual honesty--turning their back on thousands of years of faithful observance would be like spitting on their ancestors devout struggle to remain in solidarity with the past.
A lot of JW's feel the same way.
There is a hard-headed obstinancy in them.
They are contrarian to the bone.
Becoming what they hate is beyond them in every way.