Senate OKs Goodman post office near Wrigley

July 14, 2010 9:45 PM

By Bob Goldsborough

The U.S. Senate voted unanimously late Wednesday to name a post office near Wrigley Field after the late folk singer and Cubs fan Steve Goodman.

By unanimous consent, the Senate gave the go-ahead to the resolution, which was sponsored by U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley D-Ill. and which passed the U.S. House in April in a 371-0 vote, to rename the Lakeview post office at 1343 W. Irving Park Road the “Steve Goodman Post Office Building.”

A Chicago native, the Grammy-winning Goodman died at age 36 in 1984 and is known for, among other things, having written the Cubs-themed songs “Go, Cubs, Go,” which fans sing at Wrigley Field after every Cub victory, and “A Dying Cub Fan’s Last Request.”

Photo: Steve Goodman performs at Wrigley in 1981. (Courtesy WBBM)
“While most Chicagoans know him for the song we sing after every Cubs win, Steve Goodman’s contributions reach far beyond the ivy-covered walls of Wrigley,” Quigley said in a statement in March, when he introduced the legislation. “Goodman was one of the most prolific American songwriters and performers of our time whose songs have been played by Willie Nelson, Jimmy Buffett and John Denver and whose short but tremendous life reminds us how one person can impact so many others.”

The resolution now goes to the desk of President Obama, who is expected to sign it.

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