I guess my point was...
The criteria for hiring someone's services are (in some cases) NOT this...
I see you have a 20-year track record of outrageous success.
But instead this...
I see you have a 20-year track record of outrageous success + a firm handshake (in person).
That's like judging someone on how cool their website is.
Doesn't really have any bearing on whether they can really deliver the goods (unless those goods are website building).
Basically judging on criteria that have no real bearing on the matter at hand.
Judging a book by its cover, essentially.
On the other hand, most all job interviews are ultimately done in-person -- so I see the point.