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RIP to one of our own, one of our best -- Craig Stanke

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Moderator1, May 29, 2012.

  1. CD Boogie

    CD Boogie Well-Known Member

    Craig was very kind to me, in both editing and rejection, a true gentleman.
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  2. Amy

    Amy Well-Known Member

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  3. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    There has been a major void around here these past five years without Craig's wisdom, counsel, opinions and guidance. He's dearly missed.
  4. OTD

    OTD Active Member

    Thanks for those, Pseudo.
  5. Johnny Dangerously

    Johnny Dangerously Well-Known Member

    I've been thinking about him, and just about everyone on this thread, for weeks. Just re-read all of the emails and personal messages we exchanged, and I'm overwhelmed with feelings. I'm also laughing about what he'd think about compound modifiers and hyphens are still a source of stress in my professional life.

    Missing you, SF. Missing you, Stanke.
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  6. Jake from State Farm

    Jake from State Farm Well-Known Member

    Stanke and I both worked for the Clearwater Sun, but I started after Stanke left for Fort Lauderdale
    I got to meet him though, especially on a memorable night in Fort Lauderdale after covering a Miami-Florida State game
    I tried, and failed, to keep up with him on a bar night
    He later hired me for the copy desk in Jacksonville
    I had been in Clearwater for 5 1/2 years and was wondering if I'd ever move on
    I ended up working 28 years at The Detroit News
    It never would have happened if it weren't for Craig Stanke
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2018
  7. Joe Williams

    Joe Williams Well-Known Member

    Might have said it before in this thread (didn't go back to check), but every time I hear "Disco Inferno" I can see Stanke dancing and every time I hear "Heaven's Just a Sin Away" I can hear him trying to sing. Then, whenever I think of my start in this business, he's there, too. RIP.
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  8. Amy

    Amy Well-Known Member

    "I can hear him trying to sing." You definitely knew him.

    He told me he started a Bluegrass band because one didn't need to be able to sing to sing Bluegrass.
    Last edited: Jul 19, 2018
  9. Amy

    Amy Well-Known Member

    It is appropriate that I received an email this morning confirming all was in place so I could now share this news.

    On behalf of Alyson, Eric and Ellen Stanke, Krissy Erickson and myself, I am pleased to announce the establishment of the Craig Stanke Scholarship at the University of Wisconsin’s School of Journalism. The first applications can be made next fall/winter, with the first grant made in the spring of 2020. It will be financial need based with preference given to students intending to get this new sports focused certification

    SJMC Announces New Sports Communication Certificate

    It is not a large dollar amount so we can fund it ourselves, which we have committed to do for at least five years.

    I don’t think there was a part of the business that meant more to Craig than mentoring young journalists. We can’t replace that, but we can help in this small way.
  10. Jake from State Farm

    Jake from State Farm Well-Known Member

    I posted this on Craig's Facebook page
    Thank you
  11. Azrael

    Azrael Well-Known Member


    Thanks for the update, Amy.
  12. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    This is fantastic. Thanks for sharing.
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