For me this thread shows a process that nonJWs follow. We could discuss it openly. People added info, others commented.
When I was born-in, the Witnesses made more sense. My parents were god like authority figures. They told me there was this vicious god named Jehovah and we were Jehovah's Witnesses. We were the only people in the world who were correct and deserved to live when God who said his creation was good destroyed it for being bad. I knew no JW history or world history.
It was inevitable, I learned to read. The death knell for the Witnesses. A schizophrenic hanging out in the corner of the Port Authority Bus Terminal announces that Jesus is presently speaking to him. People scoff, laugh and wonder why there isn't better treatment for mental illness. Ultimately, the Witnesses must prove that Jesus gave them control in 1800, 1914, 1975, whatever date. No proof exists.
Besides reading, I met many fine, decent people attending school and playing in the neighborhood. Jesus would never annihilate these people with a vengeance. Never.
I have utter contempt for Witness history, doctrine, whatever while I respect individuals.
The Witnesses, despite a long time period, are a mere fraction of the earth's residents. A casual Bible reading proves them wrong. I see no difference between the schizophrenic and the Witnesses. None at all.
The truth will set you free. It reminds me of the Bruce Willis film with that cute little boy where Willis' character is dead and does not realize it.