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Fountain of youth in Illinois

It's Day 1 of Jim Caple's March Madness tour and he already feels 20 years younger. Good, he's going to need that.

Updated: March 17, 2005, 11:53 AM ET
By Jim Caple | Page 2

CHAMPAIGN-URBANA, Ill. – Here I am at 3:30 a.m., sitting in an unheated room of an 80-year-old fraternity house with deadline approaching fast and me stuck somewhere in that stretch between blissfully drunk, dead tired and miserably hung over. At this moment, the act of putting into words all the thoughts loping through my mind seems akin to chasing fruit bats with a lasso.

And to think, Hunter S. Thompson must have felt like this 24 hours a day.

While my dear wife ...

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