- Ed Pierce
- Edward Arthur Pierce was born October 17, 1972, in
Denton, Texas, where his mother, Alison Pierce, is a
professor of music at the University of North Texas
College of Music. Pierce's father, George, works as
Denton's city attorney.
- In childhood Pierce showed a facility for musical
composition as well as for languages, was educated at a
bilingual grammar school. In addition to Spanish, Pierce
studied French and Latin in high school, where he also
served as president of the Theatre Club and played the
oboe in the school orchestra.
- Upon graduation from high school in 1990, Pierce
spent a year on a volunteer exchange program in Panama.
He returned in late 1991, volunteering for an adult
literacy program and working at an Austin cafe while
making plans to attend college. He was accepted at a
number of institutions, including Amherst College and
Yale University, and chose to attend the University of
Mississippi on a partial scholarship.
- Pierce matriculated in the fall of 1992. In 1994 he
changed his major from Music to a double major in English
and Modern Languages, while remaining active in campus
music events. Pierce has worked at the campus computer
lab since the fall of 1993, although he has not taken
course work in computers. He also took theatre classes
and briefly considered switching his major to Theatre
Arts. In May of 1997 Pierce completed all the necessary
course work to graduate save for one three-credit science
requirement, which he plans to fulfill in the fall.
- Pierce has one older brother, Xavier, age 27, who
lives in New York City and works as a system
administrator for AT & T.