I was at Bethel when Knorr lost his crown and the GB came into power. At first it was a breath of fresh air with more freedom and less restrictions. I sugest one read Ray Franz book on the subject I think it is in the Crisis book but not sure.
When I went to Bethel there was a 4 year requirement,,and if you left prematurely before your agreed mandatory duty was fulfilled you were put on some type of reproof or restrictions. This requirement was quickly overturned when Knorr lost his control by the GB. I remember when the announcement was made to the bethel family, it was read by Raymond Franz and everbody was clapping and we all took our time to walk to work that morning, discussing the impications of such change. At that time there were quite a few that did not real like Knorr,, many of the older one acording to my roomate were sick of his always taking the lead in morning text comment with his negativity about certain thngs which the bethelites had to suffer through up until 1972 when he relinquished that priviledge or at least allowed other GB to share it on a rotation basis. When the annoncement was made about the end of the four year requirement my roomate said he looked over at Knorrs table and he did not clap but kept a stern stoic face.
There was some interesting comment by Knorr that were made some months before he lost his crown about brothers who wanted to leave bethel and not be put on restriction, of course Knorr was defending his stand since he was the poliicy make at the time. At that time there was a lot more freedom to speak up and even complain in fact a bethelite who was in my congregation wrote a long list of complaints and was even verbal about them was never censored he was just concidered by most of us as a BA (bad attitude).
I could get into more details but my time is short as I have work to do,,but perhaps latter I may get into more of my observations about that time or perhaps there may be some interesting post made by others who know of or shared the experience.