I concur with Max:
"what you've said reflects all of our feelings."
: There are two important names that you omitted. Pat Horine and Jimmy Connor.
: These guys played a very important role in the Trio saga and should not be
: Pat Horine was from Lexington, KY, where I am from too. We knew each other as kids,
: and because of this, it was the cause of my getting to know Bob Shane on a basis
: that was a little more than my being just another fan.
Wow! this childhood or "kidhood" connection is amazing. I've loved the singing of Pat Horine His voice on the song Way Back Home is great.
I have loved every incarnation of The Kingston Trio. I use the word incarnation purposely. To me The Kingston Trio represents something of a transcendent ideal form- the perfect example, model or paradigm of a folk group. Good harmony, blend, great soloist in Bob Shane, great instrumental accompaniment, and great arrangements.
One member might leave but he's replaced by someone just as or even more musically interesting and talented. For example, when Bob Hayworth came on board. I heard the group with the Columbus Symphony do his arrangement of With Her Head Tucked Underneath Her Arm. It was perfect. I wish I had been able to make a recording of it.
The Kingston Trio has continuously changed while retaining a core identity. I hope George, Bill and Rick can find a way to periodically work together to continue the adventure under a different name.