Art Director
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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 store.sojo.net 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

Who You Calling 'Alien'?!

by Ed Spivey Jr. 08-01-2010
Humans are like ants, only less productive.

First Among Equals

by Ed Spivey Jr. 07-01-2010

I never look forward to my trips to Dallas, a red-state city short on political tolerance but long on congenial in-laws, who welcome me to their comfortable little patch of sagebrush while trying t

This is Frank Luntz. No it's Not.

by Ed Spivey Jr. 06-01-2010

Frank Luntz sees things differently than the rest of us.

Inventor. Handyman. Genius.

by Ed Spivey Jr. 05-01-2010
The device was less effective than I'd hoped.
As summer approaches, I look forward to the day, sometime in late July, when all the snow will finally be gone from Washington, D.C. But right now I’m writing from the confines of my home, trapped under three feet of snow and occupying my time by worrying about the porch roof collapsing.
I share this snowbound fate with spouse and youngest daughter, the oldest daughter having wisely decided to move to the warmer climate of northern Massachusetts.
As the snow continues, and my fear for the porch intensifies, I have been told that under no circumstances will I be permitted to climb onto the roof and shovel it off, this from household members who never stand in my way when tires go flat, lawns require mowing, or the bodies of rodents need to be removed from locations where the cat has proudly put them on display.
I originally attempted to stand on a ladder and rake snow from that relatively safe vantage point, but family members referred to news reports of injuries resulting from just that technique. So, after carefully coming down from the ladder by falling backwards into the snow, I withdrew to my basement workshop to plan a different strategy. [Editor’s fact check: There is a basement, but no “workshop.” Just a bench with dusty tools that haven’t been used since the last time the author’s 85-year-old father demonstrated how to use a saw without injury.]

Supreme Court Earns Free Air Miles

by Ed Spivey Jr. 04-01-2010
'Opening the floodgates' for Happy Meals

An Urgent Visit to the White House

by Ed Spivey Jr. 03-01-2010

It was a very special day, and I chose my necktie accordingly, a selection made easier by the fact that I only have two.

Thar It Blows...

by Ed Spivey Jr. 02-01-2010

I’ve been surfing the Internet, looking for ways to escape the coming apocalypse that ancient Mayans, using science available at the time, predicted for two years from now.

Offensive Medicine

by Ed Spivey Jr. 01-01-2010

The new year is dawning brightly—usually too brightly, depending on how late you stayed up on New Year’s Eve—and it is filled with hope and the unlimited possibility of a fresh st

What Would Jesus Prescribe?

by Ed Spivey Jr. 12-01-2009

This being December, many of you are starting to go through closets finding raiment suitable for the children to wear in the upcoming church Christmas pageant.

Trouble in the Garden of Liberty

by Ed Spivey Jr. 11-01-2009

While purchasing a slingshot recently, I began to wonder what message this might be sending to my credit card company, a business that pays special attention to my spending habits out of what I use

Why Are We Working on Columbus Day?

by Ed Spivey Jr. 10-12-2009
Every year on Columbus Day, the Sojourners team gathers around bagels, juice, and coffee to listen to our resident humorist and art director, Ed Spivey Jr., read an essay about Christopher Colu

Ed Spivey Jr.'s Latest H'rumphs Video

by Ed Spivey Jr., by Matthew Hildreth 09-01-2009

"This month’s cover story is about sex, and there is nothing I can add to the topic that would not violate the rules of my parole, except to mention that a Nevada senator—who single-han

Caught With Their Family Values Down

by Ed Spivey Jr. 09-01-2009

This month’s cover story is about sex, and there is nothing I can add to the topic that would not violate the rules of my parole, except to mention that a Nevada senator—who single-hand

Was it Torture, or Value-Added Questioning?

by Ed Spivey Jr. 08-01-2009

With all the mixed signals we’ve been getting these days about the use of torture, it’s hard to know what to believe.

Ed Spivey Jr's Latest H'rumphs Video

by Ed Spivey Jr., by Matthew Hildreth 08-01-2009

With all the mixed signals we've been getting these days about the use of torture, it's hard to know what to believe.

The Unkindest Cut

by Ed Spivey Jr. 07-01-2009

This is my first column in our bold new magazine design, which was created to bring state-of-the-art publishing innovations to our readers. Also, we were bored with the old design.

H'rumphs Video With Ed Spivey Jr.

by Ed Spivey Jr. 07-01-2009

This is my first column in our bold new magazine design, which was created to bring state-of-the-art publishing innovations to our readers. Also, we were bored with the old design.

H'rumphs Video with Ed Spivey Jr.

by Ed Spivey Jr., by Matthew Hildreth 06-01-2009

Ed Spivey Jr., Sojourners magazine's award-winning art director and humor columnist, laments his rapidly shrinking newspaper and considers the future of the 24-hour news cycle.

All the News That Sells

by Ed Spivey Jr. 06-01-2009

As I sit at my desk thinking up innovative ideas for the coming decade—MacArthur Mediocrity Grants, AIG offices relocating to Guan­tanamo, AIDS awareness seminars for the pope (“I d

On Obama's Short List

by Ed Spivey Jr. 05-01-2009

I hold in my hand a printout of the e-mail I just received from Barack Obama.