Doing computer graphics on my computer as a pre-teen I kept up my interest in color.
Running a desktop-publishing business in high school I learnt a lot about color from a printing point of view. This came up again in the mid-to-late nineties when I managed the publications unit at a university.
When I was 15, a couple of friends and I came 2nd in a state science competition for an experiment on the role color plays in reaction times.
When I came to the US in early 1996 to do an internship at Sun Labs, I remember they had a video library on technical topics including a few on color.