Obama Signs Law Renaming Post Office for Steve Goodman

Goodman wrote the song "Go, Cubs, Go"

By Andrew Greiner
|  Tuesday, Aug 3, 2010  |  Updated 2:15 PM CDT
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Perhaps the most prominent White Sox fan in the country today put his signature on Congressional resolution honoring a prominent Cubs fan.

Obama signed a law to rename a post office near Wrigley Field after musician Steve Goodman, the man who penned the tune “Go, Cubs, Go.”

 U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley, who sponsored the resolution to rename the post office the "Steve Goodman Post Office Building," said he was happy to see the bill passed.

“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,” said Quigley in a press release.  “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.  I’m happy to see the President sign this bill into law and I look forward to this fall’s musical celebration.”

Goodman was a Chicago native, folk singer and Grammy winner. He died in 1984 at age 36. He also penned "A Dying Cub Fan's Last Request."

Post offices have been renamed by Congressional law since 1971.  Steve Goodman becomes the second honoree in the 5th District joining Roger McAuliffe, a member of the Chicago Police Department and Illinois House of Representatives, who was recognized at the 6441 W. Irving Park USPS location in 1996.   

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