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phil Phil Elvy (His Excellency, Gen. George Washington)

washington is a true Washingtonian. He grew up in the shadow of the Capitol, rode DC street cars, roamed the halls of Congress with his pals, and played football on the Capitol lawns. Since his first successful business at age 8 carrying groceries in his Washington Star wagon, Phil has done every job in the world—railroad clerk, taxicab driver, librarian, copyright searcher, choir director, trumpet player, telecom/data engineering manager for NASA’s Apollo Space Program, Fortune 500 sales executive, contractor, and tour guide. Athletic and 6’3” with a commanding voice and imposing manner, Phil is a ringer for General Washington—but a lot friendlier and with far better teeth.
beth BETH SHERMAN is a history-minded DC native well-versed in her city’s local lore and national and international importance. She specializes in stories about DC residents and how the ideas and institutions that led to the founding of our Republic have evolved over time. History has always been her passion, although until recently her focus was on the more distant past. She holds a Ph.D. in Egyptology from the University of Chicago and lived in Cairo, Egypt for nearly five years, researching ancient biographies engraved on private statues and taking part in excavations in the Karnak Temple complex. She also holds a B.A. in English literature and art history from Oberlin College, speaks fluent French, and makes do in Arabic, German, and Spanish. She has chiefly earned her living as a freelance writer, publishing on subjects ranging from climate change, to economics, to literature, to neuroscience. In addition to being a professional tour guide, Beth currently works part-time as a science writer for the National Institutes of Health.

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