Behind every VIA article there's an intrepid reporter risking sunburn on an exotic Tahitian cruise, indigestion on San Francisco's best food tours, and over-exfoliation in the West Coast's most relaxing spas. These are the men and women who lived to tell the tale.
In 1967, Bruce Anderson spent a week at the world's fair in Montreal. He remembers long lines (up to five hours, a grueling test for a restless 10-year-old); LeRonde, the amusement area that served as the nightly reward for the long lines; and, most vividly, passing out at the "Man and His Health" exhibit. "They showed a film that captured, rather graphically, sundry medical procedures such as an open-heart surgery," says Bruce. "I didn't last long, but I did last longer than the woman standing next to me, who went down in the first 30 seconds." Bruce brings these formative experiences to bear in Back to the Future, an essay about the American view of world's fairs. Bruce served as the editor-in-chief of VIA for 13 years and moved on in 2011. He is currently at Sunset magazine.