Flashback: Samuel Herd/Ashland Avenue Chicago
Must have been mid to late 1970s.
It was when they still published the speakers' names on the light-blue circuit assembly programs.
I was a child sitting in the audience at Ashland Avenue's circuit assembly venue. I loved that place with it's own basement cafeteria and baptism pool with a big Jesus getting baptized mural behind it.
Samuel Herd was giving the talk. My child self could only remember my father pointing him out on the program. And he sounded like a baptist preacher. Interesting modulation in the talk. I don't remember much, except that Herdwas one fine black speaker man who was telling us about the Truth and Jehovah and living forever. I believed every word.
It doesn't surprise me he is GB now. I wonder if he remembers those day?
Maybe these GB members are not happy now, they must feel presure, they have to manage a big corporation.
I been there
My first circuit assembly was at the Ashland Avenue Assembly Hall in 1970 when I was about 14 years old. I am not sure if our Hall (location: Palatine IL) was still going to that location in the mid-to-late 1970's... I know that eventually we went to the Assembly Hall in Janesville, WI, but I don't recall what year we started there. In my mementos, I still have at least one of the light blue programs.