“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity,” said the Roman philosopher Seneca.

Despite the infamous blackout at the Super Bowl, people are still talking about Beyoncé’s performance.

Some even blame her electric sexuality as the cause of the outage! (Conspiracy theorists insist it was really Madonna’s doing, but something went wrong. The power was supposed to go out during Beyoncé’s performance!)

But seriously, just as Madonna’s epic Super Bowl performance last year was the kickoff to her insanely successful world tour, so it is with Beyoncé. Her tour begins in April and is expected to bring in $100 million more than her last round of concerts.

I am predicting Beyoncé will be 2013’s woman of the year. Other than beauty and talent, this is a really, really nice girl, a super human being. She works so hard. She always wants to do the right thing and people who interview her come away charmed by her sincerity and her aspirations.

Oh, and on Tuesday HBO’s documentary, “Beyoncé: Life is But a Dream” premieres at the Ziegfeld Theatre. To be accurate, it is really Beyoncé’s documentary. Says so right at the top – “A Film by Beyoncé Knowles.” And she has a new CD coming out, her first in two years. As I said, 2013 is gonna be Miss Knowles’ year.


Well, it is a joy that the very picky Director’s Guild selected Ben Affleck as best director for his film “Argo,” which, if you haven’t seen it, has more tension, comedy, tragedy and suspense than anything else on film this year. Most directors, who are the only ones who get to vote, want to win this award more than they want to win the Oscar for best director. The Academy Awards on Feb. 24 will be up the creek without a paddle if “Argo” wins best picture after they failed to even nominate Mr. Affleck. He is very deserving.


One of my alert correspondents, TC Bill, wants to give me Rob Kardashian socks for my birthday. On the whole I’d rather have a check for Literacy Partners, but, never mind. Kardashian socks would definitely match getting a birthday cake shaped like an armadillo, as I did the other day at Michael’s restaurant. (I am suggesting that Michael’s media cafe should put the entire Liz Smith lunch on their running menu. People would love it! I did. And so did my select guests, some of whom had never eaten collard greens, pickled okra, cornbread or armadillo.

But TC did have one good idea. Why, he asks, doesn’t someone bring back the show “What’s My Line?” created by the late Mark Goodson. This is a free tip to someone I admire, Jeff Zucker at CNN. Audiences these days love celebrities; they love masked celebrities as questioners and they love guessing. And the prize could be big either for the guest or for their charities.

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