The clock had just ticked a second or two past 10pm, and I was on my way back from the swimming pool as I would be on most Sunday nights. In a routine move, I reached into my pocket to check my phone for any missed calls or texts. I pulled it out, and as I dragged down the notification bar, I felt a most ecstatic quiver surge all over my body. My incredulous eyes could hardly believe what sat before them. It is not always simple to drape moments like that with words, but I am going to willfully defy the odds and try to do just that in the paragraphs to come. I had received a text message inviting me to meet with none other than Adel Ferdosipour.
To the non-Iranian reader, Adel Ferdosipour is the most popular sportscaster, commentator and TV host in the history of mass media in Iran. Such is his standing amongst Iranian people that in 2009 a Newsweek article ranked him 19th on a list of the most powerful people in the country. He is a graduate of Sharif University of Technology, which is Iran’s top-ranked university for engineering and technology. He also holds a lecturer position at the same university, and has only recently been awarded a PhD in media management from the University of Tehran. Adel is often acclaimed as an astute translator as well, having rendered a handful of works into Persian—the last being The Art of Thinking Clearly by Rolf Dobelli.
Adel Ferdosipour first burst onto the media scene as a young commentator with a peculiar voice that had previously denied him entrance into the television industry on a number of occasions. At the time, the commentary business in Iran was heavily dominated by an established minority not completely averse to monotony and rigid stereotypes, but they were soon to capitulate to the genius of a gifted maverick who would bulldoze the industry’s entire edifice only to erect it once again on his own terms. At the outset of what proved to be a much-coveted career, he was restricted to late-night commentaries of recorded sports events, but it didn’t take long for him to win the hearts of millions of viewers with his hitherto unheard-of prowess, novel thinking, and barefaced honesty all through one medium: that peculiar voice of his. A voice that even to this day, and after all the fame and glory that has come his way, never ceases to speak the truth.