Crayola company officials might be turning a little red - make that fuchsia - with news that its top crayonmaker is colorblind.
Emerson Moser, who is retiring next week after 35 years, isn't colorblind in the sense that he can't see color at all. It's just that some colors are confusing to him.That means trying to spot the difference between a cadet blue and a blue-green can make him feel, well, like a shrinking violet.
"If you have a serious case of it, you could foul up a lot of materials," said Moser, 63, who has made a record 1.4 billion crayons.
As far as Moser and the company can tell, there's been no threat of children coloring the sky green and the grass blue - unless they were doing their Andy Warhol imitations.
"He's blue-green colorblind, but despite his handicap, he's gone to the top of his trade," said Brad Drexler, spokesman for the company, which is based in Easton, Pa.
Moser has made seas of salmon, pecks of plums and is a king crayon craftsman, Drexler said.
It's the second technicolor shock to come out of the Crayola plant this year. In August, it retired eight traditional colors into the Crayola Hall of Fame.