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2/28/03 - Tyler

Crayola Crayon Celebrates 100 Colorful Years

   "I think crayons are every child's first experience with art." says Lynda McGovern, art teacher. "I just think a mommy gives a baby crayons."

   "My first box was the small kind with like four colors I liked to scribble with them a bunch," says Katie Peltier.

   "I've been using them for about nine and half years and that's a pretty long time and they were my first art utensil," says Robert Brock.

  And decade after decade, all around the world, the skinny sticks of wax continue to combine with a child's imagination to make masterpieces.

   "You can draw a lot of pictures, ugly pictures cool pictures and stuff like that," says Hunter Hobbs. "I used to buy boxes and draw and I love to draw cartoon animations," says Sergi Calavia.

   Whether they're seasoned artists or young ones at The Crayon Box, they all have a favorite.

   "Sky blue because it's kind of real light and pretty and it's almost like the real sky blue," says Amanda Vandervorst.

  "My favorite is probably this weird dark blue," says Ben Pitts.

   Chalk it up to the bright colors, but first experiences with the Crayola crayon are very vivid.

   "My favorite thing to do was to rip the paper off of them," says Halie Sanchez. "And I loved the way they smell and I even got to eat them before."

   "We would get the big box and I would always go to the pink and no matter what that carnation pink was one that I would always eat, actually it never tasted very good," says McGovern.

   But no matter how old, artistic or hungry you are, crayons and the pretty pictures they make are still floating around in all our memories.

   "You never forget the smell of opening up the crayon box," says McGovern.

   For more information on 100 years of crayons go to the "Know More on 7" on the home page.

   Dana Dixon, reporting

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