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Cubs Songwriter Honored By Post Office

Steve Goodman’s classic “City Of New Orleans” contains these lyrics:

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Riding on the City of New Orleans,
↵Illinois Central, Monday morning rail.
↵Fifteen cars and fifteen restless riders,
↵three conductors and twenty-five sacks of mail.

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Now, a Chicago Post Office will bear Goodman’s name, according to this Sun-Times article:

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Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) honored Goodman’s North Side roots in pushing for Goodman to be honored at the post office at 1343 W. Irving Park. A musical celebration and a plaque to mark the renaming will take place this fall, Quigley said.

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That post office is the closest one to Wrigley Field, about five blocks away. In addition to “City of New Orleans”, Goodman is known for his Cubs-related songs, “A Dying Cubs Fan’s Last Request”, and the song that’s played at Wrigley Field after every Cubs win, “Go Cubs Go.” (Unfortunately, that’s a rare event these days.)

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Goodman passed away from leukemia four days before the Cubs made the postseason for the first time in 39 years, back in 1984.