Brian Hiatt
April 22, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Paul Newman would like the world — and, in particular, Princeton University students — to know that he never said these words: ”24 beers in a case, 24 hours in a day. Coincidence? I think not.” The New York Times reports that the supposed quote sparked a tradition at Princeton called ”Newman Day,” in which students attempt to guzzle 24 brews in, of course, 24 hours. But Newman wants it to stop.

Newman is ”disturbed by the use of his name in conjunction with this alcohol-related event,” Newman’s lawyer, Leo Nevas, wrote in a recent letter to the university, as quoted by the Times. The letter added that Newman ”would like to bring an end to this tradition.” In an e-mail to students quoted by the Times, university chief medical office Daniel Silverman wrote that Newman Day ”overlooks the facts that Mr. Newman never encouraged such behavior and in fact has founded a center, the Scott Newman Center, in the memory of his son, who died of an overdose.”

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