10 Famous Color Blind People
You know that scene in Little Miss Sunshine when Dwayne finds out he's color blind and can't achieve his lifelong dream of becoming a jet pilot? That may have had some real-life inspiration (see #3 below). Here are 10 famous people who suffered from the same problem as Dwayne.
1. Mr. Rogers was totally red-green color blind and couldn't distinguish between tomato soup and pea soup. He asked a colleague to taste his soup one day and tell him what flavor he had gotten. Knowing that he liked both, she asked why he didn't just tuck in. "If it's tomato soup, I'll put sugar in it," he said.
2. Samuel Clemens. At least, that's the word on the street
3. Paul Newman wanted to be a pilot for the Navy. It was during the flight physical that he discovered he was color blind. Instead, Newman trained to be a radioman and a gunner and, obviously, eventually went on to become an actor.
4. Meat Loaf, on the other hand, tried to fail his Army physical by listing his numerous ailments: he was color blind, 68 pounds overweight, had a trick shoulder and was prone to concussions. He was drafted anyway.
5. Jack Nicklaus. As Sports Illustrated puts it, dude "couldn't tell you a green number from a red on a leader board if the winner's check depended on it."
6. Bing Crosby. Bing's loud clothing was fodder for many jokes back in the day
7. Matt Lauer has a mild case of color-blindness, but that hasn't stopped him from being named best-dressed man on several lists, including Vanity
8. Howie Mandel is color blind, which probably doesn't really hinder him in his job on Deal or No Deal. But back in the day when he was selling carpet, it could be a problem. "There were a lot of ugly homes in Toronto because of me," he said in an interview.
9. Emerson Moser. OK, he's not famous, but I felt his story was worth telling. Moser was Crayola's senior-most crayon maker: after 37 years of
10. Hugh Downs is also in the color blind club. His wife helped him with clothing choices by number-coding things - one group of items that went together would all have "1" on them; another group would be clustered by "2"s and so on.