Charles Tampio
Charles Tampio

George Washington was one of our greatest military and political leaders.  But can we also say he was a Superstar?

Charles Tampio, in a talk at The Arizona Senior Academy at 3:30 p.m. next Thursday (Feb. 3) will defend this point of view in a presentation covering how Washington’s image has been treated from Colonial days to the present.  There are images depicting his ascent into heaven and selling cranberries in Maine.

“George Washington, Superstar” examines America’s unremitting interest in Washington’s character, accomplishments, and legends.  We learn why he still is “First in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen.”


Tampio is familiar to Academy Village from earlier entertaining and informative talks about our national monuments.  Tampio has an ideal background for tackling these subjects.  He spent decades in DC, first as an anchor person for CSPAN television, then working for various civic, education and environmental organizations, as an occasional speech writer for public officials and doing research on educational materials about national monuments and memorials.  All this was after his graduate work at Syracuse University and his service in the Peace Corp.

Tampio is currently the only active docent working at both Tucson’s City Museum and the UA Museum of Art. Besides docent duties, his active retirement includes working at his horse ranch on the east side, occasionally leading excursions into the desert on horseback and in 4-wheel drives for Trial Dust Adventure Tours, and giving talks about our civic history.

His intriguing answer to why Washington is a perpetual superstar has to do with how Washington helps us answer the question, ‘What is an American?’  Audiences will find Tampio’s artistic, historic, political and psychological analysis entertaining, informative, and full of wonderful surprises.  This is a talk no American should miss.

Submitted by Brack Brown, Academy Village Volunteer

[box type=”info”] Interested in attending? Click here.[/box]


Should George Washington Be Called a Superstar?: Feb. 13
Tagged on: