VIA Contributors

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.

Kevin Welch

Twelve years old and already an accomplished wordsmith, Kevin Welch traveled to Las Vegas to check on the city's efforts to supplement its adult diversions with fun stuff for the under 21 set. The result was literally A Jackpot for Kids. Kevin lives near Austin, Tex., and is enrolled in Stanford's Educational Program for Gifted Youth. He seems ideally suited to assess how well the fantasy in Vegas works: His favorite reading materials are the Harry Potter books and the Wheel of Time series, and he likes to attend Renaissance festivals dressed up as a wizard