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93-year-old Cascade man hoping to see Cubs World Series win

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CASCADE (KWWL) -

The last time the Chicago Cubs were in the World Series, Kurt Ade of Cascade had just returned from Europe after serving in World War II.

"The only place we could hear the World Series was at the Officers Club. So we went up there and stood outside the Officers Club and asked them to turn the volume up so we could understand it, because we couldn't go into the Officers Club," Kurt said.

No one, including Kurt, thought they'd have to wait 71 years to see another Cubs World Series appearance.

"It's been a long, long wait, there were a lot of losable Cubs," he said.

Kurt says he's been a Cubs fan since his dad took him to his first game in 1930.

And thanks to his service to this country, he was even honored by the Cubs this summer, getting to take the field with Manager Joe Maddon.

"I kinda thought I'd be nervous as hell, but I didn't. I was just as proud as a peacock," he said.

Now the wait to see the Cubs in the World Series is over for Kurt.  He was in the hospital when they clinched the NLCS, but even with health issues, he wouldn't be denied.

"I was in Mercy Hospital, and I asked the nurse if we could get the Cubs game on, and she said, I don't know if we can get or not. I said if you can't, transfer me to Finley," he joked.

And even as special as this season has been, Kurt is hoping for more.

"That meant a lot to me, it meant a lot. And I hope before I die they'll win the World Series."

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