|The four beloved
rogues of WLS. When you hear them, you know which is which, but so you will know
their faces in this picture at the right, beginning at the top, they are Art Janes,
Fritz Meissner, Al Rice and Pat Petterson.
When the Maple City Four comes into the studio, the operator takes an extra grip
on the control knobs and a hasty glance at the fuses, for he's never sure what's
coming. Neither is anybody else.
You have heard them as the "Caterpillar Crew" and in the "Heroes
in Overalls." Give them a few odds and ends of junk and they have a band
or a minstrel show at a moment's notice. In the photo at the bottom of the page,
the weird looking thing wrapped around Al Rice's neck is the famous "showerbath
You have laughed at the comic antics of the boys, and you may have heard them
in more serious moments at Hymn Time, when they sing some of the beloved old songs
of comfort and inspiration.
Fritz and Pat are married. As we go to press, Al and Art are not, yet.