In Full Flight: The Story of How We Met Excerpt

Gary & Maria at their wedding

Some of the most recognized love stories have emerged from the minds of writers, musicians, and historians: Romeo and Juliet, Tristan and Isolde, and Odysseus and Penelope, to name a few.  Though the arts may inspire the hearts of many, the sciences play muse to no small number of us. From Pierre and Marie Curie, to William Masters and Virginia Johnson, to Meredith Grey and Derek Shepherd, a mutual passion for research, experimentation and discovery have inspired the union of many. Gary and Maria Entraigues Abramson are no exception. In fact, they left everyone else in the dust. Quite literally.

One of their most memorable dates took place on a mound of earth near the Los Angeles International Airport in 2012. Knowing they were both pilots and longstanding enthusiasts for all things aviation, Gary had invited Maria there to watch airplanes land. “She dressed up like a diva, looking glamorous,” he recalls. But Maria is no pushover, as is evident by her history of pioneering successes in entertainment and life extension alike. No sooner had they arrived than “she pulled out this pilot radio and said, ‘Hold on, I’m gonna dial in the LAX approach.’ That’s when I knew I loved her.”

When Form & Function Meet excerpt

Steve drives La Bala

Why cars from scratch? Because when you stand at six feet, three inches tall, you quickly realize that most sports car drivers are not.

“I love small cars,” confesses Steve, a conviction that was only confirmed when he discovered Elise. Manufactured by the UK- based company, Lotus, the Lotus Elise is a range of extremely lightweight sports cars known for their agility and exceptionally low CO2 emissions. “ That’s the ideal car for me,” continues Steve. “But these British people…Their maximum height is five foot eight or something. I couldn’t get into the car—I literally couldn’t get into the driver’s seat. And I thought, ‘This is ridiculous, I’m just gonna build my own damn car.’”

And build it he did.

Steve’s  first car design-build attempt made the cover of Kitcar Magazine in 1998. It was a replica of a 1962 Ferrari. Unsurprisingly, Graber Cars quickly made a name for itself in the niche sports car community.  The company is well-known for the design and build of a 1.6 liter 4-cylinder sports car called La Bala, or “the bullet.” This 1,500 pound speed demon tops out at 155 miles per hour while still averaging about 60 miles to the gallon. It’s so efficient, economical, and gorgeous that you might start to wonder why you bought that Toyota Prius in the first place. And for the sake of comparison: the Prius, a common commuter car much lauded for its eco-efficiency, makes around 53 miles per gallon on the highway—a few miles shy of La Bala. As far as its looks and speed are concerned…Well, suffice it to say that a Prius just ain’t no sports car.