After all, inquiring minds want to know! :>)
For what it's worth, I'm not sure I agree with Tommy Smothers. When the Kingston Trio were recording albums (on Decca),
such as Somethin' Else and Children Of The Morning in 1966 & 1967, respectively, something was lost.
At the same time, Peter Paul & Mary recorded a couple of exceptional albums such as "The PP&M Album" and "Album 1700".
And to top it off, Peter Paul & Mary scored a #1 hit with "Leaving On A Jet Plane".
So PP&M were successfully riding the waves of "folk-pop" during the late sixties, while the Kingston Trio struggled, and finally disbanded in 1967.
plus- John Stewart had ants in his pants and wanted to begin a solo career. (Which explains so many JS songs on Children Of The Morning.)
Tom Smothers' heart may have been in the right place, but I don't believe TV was in the cards for the Kingston Trio.
Hey, Peter...! Good to hear from you again. Yes, you are right. Bob told me the same thing and he was referring to the TV show. Most of the studio work was done in LA and none of them liked LA. "Young Men..." was shot in January 1962 (the apartment they "lived in" was on Camelback in Phoenix a half mile from my high school). They were hot and to interrupt the success at that time would have been a mistake.
Bob was referring to a bit later when they should have moved toward TV.
Smothers didn't start till September, 1965. The Monkees started a year later - September 1966. There was a three and a half year timeframe between "Young Men..." and Smothers. He was saying that they should have moved at some point in time and then their career could have had a shot in the arm.
I hope this clarification works. Bob was referring to the fact that they were approached again about a TV show a couple of years later and turned it down. Then came the TV success of Smothers and the Monkees.
Sometimes it's all about timing...
There were television offers for the Kingston Trio, for example- Young Men In A Hurry, but Bob Shane and Nick Reynolds turned them down because having a TV series required too much time and energy. Bob Shane defended their decision since the Kingston Trio were busy performing concerts and making records.
Last May, 2022 I bought 6 tickets on the third row... top price... $86 each... hoping to get a super fun-time lined up. A month ago we were notified that the concert had been cancelled due to health issues. At first the Fox Theatre in Tucson only refunded 90%... holding back 10% for some crazy reason. Later, after I protested, they refunded the entire amount but I am sad. I was SOOO looking fwd to seeing the guys. Bob told me one time, while hanging with Dickey, that Dickey scolded Bob for not being more active in going after television opportunities like he and Tommy did. Bob said, "He was right.!"
They were the first major folk singers to come to the University of Kentucky in 1962