I'm a big fan of Aidin Vaziri. Far as I can tell, most people hate him, but he must do something right because he has a job doing the very thing that pisses people off. His "interviews" in the Chronicle are always a highlight, because he knows such interviews are always pointless promos for whatever the celebrity is trying to sell, and because the questions that he comes up within the context of his lack of actual interest in the promo part are often hilarious. A good example came in this morning's Datebook, where he interviewed Lynda Carter, who is in town for a cabaret show. Among Vaziri's questions:
The last time I heard you sing was on an episode of "Wonder Woman" called "Amazon Hot Wax." Will your Plush Room appearance be that good?
How high did you get with Willie Nelson on the set of "The Dukes of Hazzard"?
Carter got in a good one, too, when she stated at one point, "Oh my gosh, you are a retarded person."
Anyway, in the same Datebook is a piece on the reissue of the Sly & the Family Stone back catalog. Granted, it's not exactly an interview … Rose Stone goes through the various albums and offers memories and insights … that's probably what explains the lack of snark from Vaziri, whose name is on the byline. Nonetheless, I can't help thinking that Sly & the Family Stone were so great, that even Aidin Vaziri had to bow before their excellence.