Awake! Oct 8 1968, pg 13
Even if we presume that youngsters 15 years of age would be perceptive enough to realize the import of what happened in 1914, it would still make the youngest of “this generation” nearly 70 years old today
This was published when they were pushing 1975 hot and heavy, stressing how close the end must be.
The idea was that it wasn't just people alive in 1914 who constituted the 1914 generation, but only those who were old enough to see the events of 1914 with understanding, such as teenagers.
When nothing happened in 1975, they decided that instead of stressing how few of that generation were left, they needed to stress how many of them were still alive.
Consequently, they took the opposite approach and started saying that someone born in 1914 could be alive late into the 20th century so "this generation" would still by no means have passed away.
Along about 1994, someone at Bethel realized that people born in 1914 were turning 80.
It strained credibility to claim that when Jesus said "this generation will be no means pass away" that he was talking about octogenarians born in 1914, so they came up with the overlapping generations nonsense.
I wonder what those octogenerians think when they sit at the hall and hear the speaker tell their great-great-grandchildren that they will never grow old in this system of things.
Sadly, many of them are in denial, still trying to get out there and pioneer, still convinced they are "in the truth."