When Tom Smothers reflects on his battles with the CBS censors and the network's cancellation of his comedy show, he can't help but smile.

"It hurt us a lot at the time, but I'd say CBS' firing us and all the publicity we got from that probably added 20 or 30 years to the life of the Smothers Brothers," said the elder Smothers in May's McCall's.In the same article, brother Dick credited the team's longevity to their continued close association despite ups and downs in their other relationships.

"This is my brother from the day I was born," he said.