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Remembering Stan Case

Life can change in a split second. A horrendous car accident near Birmingham, Alabama, claimed the life of Stan Case last night. Stan was an anchor for the CNN Radio network in Atlanta and I had the honor of being his boss for nearly 8 years.

You couldn’t ask for a more reliable, dependable pro to be anchoring your national newscasts. And when he wasn’t anchoring flawless broadcasts, he was out getting a law degree. But there was so much more to this man than what he did professionally so well and so admirably for so many years.

He was an absolute, true gentleman. Kind, gracious, with a wonderfully wicked sense of humor; a 1st class prankster. One of the nicest, sweetest, warmest weddings I ever attended was the ceremony that united Stan with his CNN colleague, Angela Stiepel Case- Angi. Took her on a date to an Atlanta Braves baseball game once and they never looked back.

Angi is hospitalized today, a passenger in the car Stan was driving on a stormy Tuesday night as they made their way to see Stan’s family in Oklahoma for Thanksgiving. There are no words to describe the loss she is feeling today. There are just some couples you know are just perfect for each other. That was Stan and Angi.

People- it’s Thanksgiving. A time for appreciation. Hug your kids. Make a call to an old friend you haven’t reached out to in awhile. I’d lost touch with Stan over the years though I often thought of him and missed him. I really, really regret not having taken one damn minute to pick up a phone and hear his voice again.

I will remember and miss him forever.

  1. Rob Stallworth
    November 23, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    God has just gained another angel and although it hurts us down here, Stan will broadcast to everyone from a larger platform up there. May grace and mercy be with his family and friends in the days to follow. It was my pleasure to have crossed his path.

  2. Cami
    November 23, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    Such a beautiful tribute, Robert. Thank you for this.

  3. John Martin
    November 23, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    Thank you, Robert. I don’t think anyone could have said it better.

  4. Lee Garen
    November 24, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    Robert, that was a beautiful piece you wrote about Stan. Couldn’t have said it better myself pertaining to the final part about taking time to reconnect.

  5. oldschoolpirate
    November 24, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    Robert, what a timely and important post this was. After reading it, I picked up the phone and called an old friend I had not spoken to in about 20 years. Thank goodness for unlimited minutes, because I will be making more of such calls this weekend.

  6. Donna Renae
    November 24, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    Stan was a pro. He will be missed.

  7. Jenny
    November 24, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    A stirring tribute to a really good man. Stan was smart, steady and the consummate pro. When he and Angi discovered each other as more than workplace colleagues, you could see the light he turned on in her eyes. It was easy to see they were meant to be together.
    The world is a lesser place without Stan in it.

  8. Amanda Barnett
    November 25, 2011 at 2:17 am

    Robert, thanks so much for writing this. I miss you and I’m hurting with you.

  9. Patty
    November 25, 2011 at 6:09 am

    Thank you for writing this beautiful tribute to Stan

  10. Erhard and Margret Stiepel
    November 25, 2011 at 8:04 am

    We were deeply touched by your words about Stan. You caught the essence of the man he was. Now we need everybody’s help to pull Angi through the coming months. Stan was her life. Angi’s parents.

  11. Mary Hopkins
    November 25, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    So beautifully put. It’s been difficult to enjoy Thanksgiving with the loss pulling at our hearts. Thank you for the wonderful tribute Robert — and for reaching out to all of us in Stan’s memory.

  12. Kevin Sikes
    November 26, 2011 at 8:09 am

    I am very saddened by this news. Stan was always so kind to me and helped me feel at home in the newsroom when I was away from my family. Thanks, Robert, for your touching words.

  13. Susan Geiger
    November 28, 2011 at 4:11 am

    I met Stan because of Angi – she and I have been friends for 50 years! And the twinkle in Stan’s eyes created matching ones in hers. I loved catching Stan on the air at odd times and in strange places….”….yes, that’s Stan!” I found myself calling friends and relatives this Thanksgiving, when normally I wouldn’t. That is a good legacy. Miss you Stan – and ache for you Angi.

  14. Eunic Waddington
    November 29, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    Angie my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of great sadness in your life. Emotionally your life will never be the same, but I pray that you will make a complete recovery physically. Stan must have been a wonderful person, and I will always cherish your kind words when Iost Jim last year.

  15. Liz Smith-Cox
    December 1, 2011 at 12:12 am

    November 30, 2011 at 6:50 9m #15

    Liz Smith-Cox Angie, your former D.W. Daniel High School classmate-my son Jed, and I
    grieve with and for you and pray for your recovery.It was good to hear
    your strong voice this afternoon on the cell phone. And it was good to talk
    to Susan Geiger too. I’m so glad she is there with you.
    I also talked to your mother just a few minutes ago, and will call her again
    to find out how you are. Much love to you, your sister and your brother.

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