It was on this day (August 25) in 1971 that Margaret Case, recently forced out as an editor at Vogue, jumped to her death from her Park Avenue apartment building. In her memoir "D.V.," Vogue's Diana Vreeland recalled that Case had failed to take management's hints that her editorial services were no longer required, so, "One day she was at her desk, which she'd had for forty or fifty years, and some moving men came and said they had to take her desk away. She said, 'But it's my desk. It's got all my things in it.' Well, they took her desk away and dumped everything in it out." Several other books, including Grace Mirabella's memoir, "In and Out of Vogue," and Eleanor Dwight's Vreeland biography, allude to illness as a possible motive for Case's suicide. She was 79.
Leaping to one's death is an unfortunate tradition in the magazine business. Other prominent editors who apparently died in that manner include Laird Shield Goldsborough of Time magazine and Parker Lloyd-Smith of Fortune. Doug Kenney of The National Lampoon fell off a cliff in Hawaii.