The more research we did about historic Ohioans, the more colorful characters we found. Our most difficult task was narrowing down the field to 100. Without further ado, meet the 100 Greatest Ohioans of all time.

Every state in America has produced athletes, scholars and U.S. presidents. They've all got actors, authors and others who shaped the course of history.

But can they claim Macho Man Randy Savage? How about Charles Kettering, the guy who invented spark plugs? Or Nancy Cartwright, the voice of Bart Simpson?

The more research we did about historic Ohioans, the more colorful characters we found. Our most difficult task was narrowing down the field to 100.

To be considered an Ohioan, candidates had to be born in the state. It's the most consistent and verifiable method, though it nixed some notable and beloved residents like Bob Hope (born in England) and Dave Chappelle (born in Washington, D.C.).

To be great, those chosen had to make a contribution that was significant to fellow Buckeyes and to the world. Extra points went to anyone especially fond of repping Ohio or, you know, wearing a neon singlet.

Without further ado, meet the 100 Greatest Ohioans of all time.