Happy Birthday, Ray

By Richard Mineards   |   November 16, 2021
Ray Winn is feted by friends Sally Jordan, Sandi and Bill Nicholson, Peter Kavoian, and Anna Kavoian (Photo by Priscilla)

Scientist, inventor, and real estate investor Ray Winn celebrated the 37th anniversary of his half-century with a cocktail bash at the opulent Birnam Wood home he shares with his longtime companion Peter Kavoian, who marked his 65th birthday last month.

The tony twosome, who have developed and operate more than 1 million square feet of commercial real estate in Texas, split their time between their Montecito home and their Las Vegas aerie.

Ray, who has myriad patents with medical equipment, imaging, and radar navigation systems, quaffed a rather splendid vintage cabernet with guests, including winemaker Sally Jordan, and Bill and Sandi Nicholson.

Afterwards the celebration moved to the Stonehouse at the San Ysidro Ranch.

Favorite Things — On a Budget

Former TV talk show titan Oprah Winfrey has launched the festive season with a budget-friendly bang, unveiling a decidedly thrifty version of her annual Favorite Things list.

This year’s gift guide, which typically includes an array of lavish offerings, contains myriad low-cost items, with Oprah, 67, including nearly 40 items costing under $50.

In total the list features 111 gift ideas, which range from $2,295 for an at-home workout machine, to a $12 eye shadow palette.

“After this past year, I think we all deserve some surprises and delights for the holiday season,” says Oprah. “You’re bound to find something for everyone on your list. Just don’t forget to treat yourself.”

Other more budget-minded gifts include reading glasses, a $30 hat with a built-in light, and a Philips rechargeable toothbrush by Sonicare for only $24.


Singer Katy Perry dressed as a syringe and fiancé actor Orlando Bloom as a surgeon at the Ghost Village Road parade… Actress Gwyneth Paltrow at Gucci’s Love Parade in Hollywood… Philanthropist Sara Miller McCune noshing at Mollie’s.

Pip! Pip! Be safe, wear a mask when needed, and get vaccinated.


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