Art Director
Photo: Brandon Hook / Sojourners

Ed Spivey Jr. was working as art director of the Chicago Sun-Times Sunday Magazine in 1972 when God called him to join the fledgling Sojourners community and work for its publication, then called the Post-American. The fact that Ed has not heard from God SINCE is not what's important here, because Ed figures God had other things to do, what with making the world a more peaceful place. Why the world is still NOT a more peaceful place is none of Ed's business and he would never think to criticize God for slacking off since, who knows, God could have been sick or something.

But, 36 years later, Ed is still with Sojourners, still the art director, still happy with his life-long dream of working hard for very little money. The only down side is that Ed is beginning to feel his childhood plans of being either a cowboy or an astronaut may not be realized in his lifetime. But such are the sacrifices one makes when one responds to the call of the Lord, even if immediately after that the Lord apparently changed His phone number.

Of a more biographic note, Ed holds an Associate in Arts degree from Vincennes University. He was denied a Bachelor's Degree from Indiana University because of a disagreement with his psychology professor who did not appreciate Ed's refusal to complete his rat experiment. Apparently, Ed's was the only laboratory rat that bit, so Ed insisted on wearing huge motorcycle gloves when handling the animal, which, the professor insisted, skewed the rat's response to stimuli. Ed told the professor what he could do with his stimuli, which unfortunately did not put the professor in the mood to accept Ed's alternative suggestion, which was to study the response of rats being loudly cursed at while simultaneously being flushed down university toilets.

Since his college days he has made a bit of a name for himself, and not just “You, There,” which is the name his mother calls him when she forgets. Ed has won numerous awards for his design of Sojourners Magazine, and his monthly humor column consistently garners top honors from both religious and secular media associations. His recent book, A Hamster is Missing in Washington, D.C. won the top prize in humor at the Independent Publisher Book Awards in New York City. (Due to scheduling conflicts, Ed was unable to attend the gala tribute and banquet, but had he gone he would have ordered the fish.) Now in its second printing, Ed’s book is available at and at on-line booksellers near you.

Ed is married and has two daughters, all of whom refuse to walk in public with him, on account of the little whoop-whoop sound he makes when he sees a fire truck.

Posts By This Author

Funny Business

by Ed Spivey Jr. 02-01-1990

Some news updates

Funny Business

by Ed Spivey Jr. 01-01-1990

Camping advice and the future of H'rumphs

Funny Business

by Ed Spivey Jr. 12-01-1989

Signs of the Times

Funny Business

by Ed Spivey Jr. 11-01-1989

Summer's Over ...

Funny Business

by Ed Spivey Jr. 10-01-1989

Get Me A Kleenex, I Mean ... A Tissue

Funny Business

by Ed Spivey Jr. 08-01-1989

Go West Young Man (Or Is It East ...?)

Funny Business

by Ed Spivey Jr. 06-01-1989

And the Winner Is...

Funny Business

by Ed Spivey Jr. 05-01-1989


Funny Business

by Ed Spivey Jr. 04-01-1989

The Returns Are In ...

Funny Business

by Ed Spivey Jr. 03-01-1989

Revisionist History

Time on His Hands

by Ed Spivey Jr. 02-01-1989

After a spirited but futile bid for the presidency, Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis now has more time to pursue one of his favorite (though little-known) pastimes.

Funny Business

by Ed Spivey Jr. 06-01-1988

We came. We saw. Then everybody went home.