Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 16, 1974 · Page 137
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 137

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, June 16, 1974
Page 137
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by Connecticut Walker A whole 'nother way to send smoke signals. 20 LITTLE CIGARS. WINCHESTER Even if you can't blow smoke rings, she'll get the message. Winchester's gentle aroma tells her what the taste tells you. It's mild. Light. With filtered smoothness. And compare Winchester's price with the cost of cigarettes. It's the greatest game since Cowboys and Indians. Winchester. It's a whole 'nother smoke. Host to lavish Washington parties, Iranian Ambassador Ardeshir Zahedi is one of the capital's most eligible bachelors. WASHINGTON, D.C.- I n the days before jet aircraft and telephonic hot lines joined countries hemispheres apart, an ambassador played the major role of go-between for his head of state. Today, spy satellites, global communications and Henry Kissinger-type summitry have undercut the power and prestige of many ambassadorships. Leaders now deal directly . with each other, often limiting their ambassadors to party- throwing, speech-making receptions and other innocuous activities. . One ambassador who is in no danger of becoming merely decorative is Ardeshir Zahedi, Iran's ambassador to the U.S. That tall, dark, suave, 45-year-old Iranian has developed the reputation of being one of Washington's most sought- after and listened-to diplomats. The keys to his success lie in his ability to combine business with pleasure, high diplomacy ·with high, society. In the 16 months since he arrived in Washington, Zahedi, gregarious but hard-working, has given more widely publicized parties, made more influential contacts, consummated more business deals than any other foreign diplomat in the capital. "I don't think," he remarks, "that playing stops one from working, and vice versa. Frankly I'm bored with social affairs . which accomplish nothing. For me it's torture to go to cocktail parties and fancy receptions night after night to exchange nothing but small talk." Not that Zahedi is opposed to parties per se. He relishes playing the bountiful host. His gatherings, now legendary, range from a business dinner with eight couples to a gala for hundreds; featuring champagne, caviar, Iranian delicacies of all kinds and, of course, music and dancing. Frequently his .prestigious guests find themselves linked arm-to-waist, snaking around theembassy's baroque halls in a conga line. continued Zahedi and ex-wife Princess Shanaz, daughter of the Shah of Iran, who kept Zahedi. as an adviser despite couple's divorce.

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