The 11W Heart of It All Classic: The Arts Region Voting

By DJ Byrnes on March 17, 2014 at 2:00p
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We now move on to The Arts region, lorded over by Bob Hope, Steven Spielberg, Paul Newman, Dean Martin, Clark Gable, Dave Chappelle and other stars.

If you need a refresher, you can read up on the full rules and seedings for the 11W Heart of It All Classic. Here's your printable bracket (PDF).

Winners will be announced on Friday night with the second round of voting opening up Saturday morning.

#1 Bob Hope vs. #16 R.L. Stine

Bob Hope: Hope was born in southeastern London in 1903, but would earn his birthright into this tournament by immigrating to Cleveland in 1908. He is also one of the few non-Ohio State band members to dot the "i," the highest award that can be bestowed upon a non-band member by the Best Damn Band in the Land.

From humble beginnings as a butcher's apprentice and a lineman, Hope would go on to build a media empire and become one of the most recognizable figures of his generation.

Hope's accolades include actor, singer, dancer, comedian, emcee, vaudevillian, and dancer while appearing on television, the radio and movies.  On top of hosting the Academy Awards 14 times, he also did numerous United Service Organization shows and authored 14 books. 

R.L. Stine: Born, raised and educated in Columbus (Ohio State, 1965), Stine's Ohio roots are unquestioned. While Stein has authored quite a few book series, his crowning literary achievement was the deliciously-90s Goosebumps.

He was named USA Today's Best Selling Author three consecutive years during the 1990s and was estimated to have sold over 400 million books by 2008. The Guinness Book of World Records named Stine as the Best Selling Children's Author of All-Time in 2003.

#2 Steven Spielberg vs. #15 Annie Oakley

Steven Spielberg: Spielberg, born in Cincinnati in December 1946, has risen from southwestern Ohio to cobble together a media empire rivaled only by that of Bob Hope's.

The movie tycoon has directed such works as E.T., Jaws, Jurassic Park, Saving Private Ryan and Schindler's List. He won the Academy Award for Best Director for Saving Private Ryan and Schindler's ListJaws, E.T., and Jurassic Park all set then-box office records. His net-worth has been pegged at a staggering $3.3 billion.

Annie Oakley: You did not want to mess with Annie Oakley.

Oakley was born in North Star in 1860 and died in Greenville in 1926. In between, she became a premiere American sharpshooter and entertainer after hitching her wagon to the star of Wild Bill's Wild West Show in 1885. Her most famous trick was to "repeatedly split a playing card, edge-on, and put several more holes in it before it could touch the ground, while using a .22 caliber rifle, at 90 feet."

She was also a proponent of the service of women in combat situations for the U.S. military, going so far as to petition William McKinley in 1889 in case the U.S. went to war with Spain.

#3 Paul Newman vs. #14 Bootsy Collins

Pal Newman: A product of Shaker Heights, nobody's jacket in this region is as versatile as Paul Newman's. When Newman shuffled off our mortal coil in 2008, his credits included World War II veteran, movie director, actor, philanthropist, race car driver/team owner and entrepreneur.

His biggest moment was in Martin Scorsese's The Color of Money (for which he won an Academy Award for Best Actor), but Newman said the first thing he ever found grace in was auto racing. Due to his Ohio blood, it was no surprise he excelled in that arena as well.

This space would be remiss, however, if it failed to single out Newman's humanitarian efforts. Newman's food company Newman's Own has raised over $380 million in profits and royalties for charity. Newman's SeriousFun Children's Network has served over 290,000 seriously ill children since 1988.

Bootsy Collins: Funk singer-songwriter Bootsy Collins began his life in Cincinnati in 1951. Bootsy got his break when his band, The Pacemakers, was hired as a backing band for James Brown.

In his storied musical career, Bootsy has laid down tracks with everyone from James Brown to Snoop Dogg Lion. He is known for songs such as "I'd Rather Be With You," "Munchies for Love," and "The Name is 'Bootsy,' Baby."

His greatest honor, however, came in 1997 when Boosty was enshrined in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the awesomely-named Parliament-Funkadelic.

#4 Dean Martin vs. #13 Wes Craven

Dean Martin: The King of Cool was born in Steubenville in 1917. After alleged mafia connections jump-started his career, the Italian-American icon would become known as a singer, actor, film producer and comedian. 

A member of the infamous Rat Pack, he hosted The Dean Martin Show and the Dean Martin Celebrity Roast. He's also well known crooner for his classic songs such as "Everybody Loves Somebody," Memories Are Made of This," and "You're Nobody Until Somebody Loves You." 

Wes Craven: Cleveland's most famous horror film writer/director/producer (not named the Cleveland Browns), Wes Craven, was born the Forest City in 1939. He has written, directed and acted (sometimes a combination of all three) in such films as The Nightmare on Elm Street, the Scream series and The Hills Have Eyes.

In 2008, Craven became the second celebrity to take over the Youtube homepage on Halloween.

#5 Clark Gable vs. #12 James Thurber

Clark Gable: Clark Gable was born in Cadiz in 1901. He began his career as a stage actor before venturing into silent films and securing supporting acting jobs at the emerging MGM Studios. When he finally earned his breakthrough, Gable would go onto star in over 60 movies such as Mutiny on the Bounty and It All Happened One Night.

His most-remembered moment, however, came as Rhett Butler in 1939's Gone with the Wind. He would receive an Academy Award nomination, but he also delivered one of the classic, most-recognizable lines in American motion picture history.

James Thurber: Cartoonist/Author James Thurber was born in Columbus in 1894. When he died in New York in 1961, Thurber was well respected for his cartoons, short stories and wit. He also created the 1939 Broadway hit, The Male Animal. He has influenced everybody from Keith Olbermann to comedian Larry Miller.

In 2008, The Library of America selected Thurber’s story, "A Sort of Genius," for inclusion in its two-century retrospective of American True Crime.

#6 Dave Chappelle vs. #11 Drew Carey

Dave Chappelle: Chappelle is a comedian and actor who got his big break by writing, producing and starring in the 1998 stoner cult hit Half-Baked. He didn't break into mainstream until 2003 by starring in his own Chappelle's Show.

Considered by many to be one of the sharpest wits of his generation, Chappelle rode his mainstream success to point of mental degradation and shocked the comedic world when he walked away from his show and hefty contract in 2004 before returning to Yellow Springs. Since then, Chappelle has returned to standup comedy, doing impromptu shows all across the country.

Drew Carey: Drew Carey is a former Marine, actor, comedian and game-show host from Cleveland, Ohio. 

After serving in the Marines, Carey cut his teeth in comedy before earning his own sitcom, The Drew Carey Show and hosting Whose Line is It Anyway? 

He is now the host of The Price is Right, a role he's had since 2007, but is also a minority owner of the MLS' Seattle Sounders and a member of the WWE Hall of Fame.

#7 Roy Rogers vs. #10 "Macho Man" Randy Savage

Roy Rogers: Born in Cincinnati in 1911, Rogers became one of the most recognizable faces and brands of the 20th century as an American cowboy, actor and singer.

He appeared in over 100 movies, was the namesake of the Roy Rogers Restaurants chain, and also hosted The Roy Rogers Show. His famous songs include "Don't Fence Me In" and "Hold That Critter Down."

Randy "Macho Man" Savage: The Macho Man, born in Columbus, is a sports entertainment legend who appeared in both the WWE and WCW and is known for his iconic off-the-top-rope flying elbow and catch-phrase of "Ohhh yeah! Can you dig it?"

He is a six-time world champion and held over 20 titles throughout his prestigious career. He also won the 1987 WWF King of the Ring, 1995's WCW World War 3 and was a member of the New World Order and a founding member of its branch-off, the Wolf Pac.

#8 Halle Berry vs. #9 Woody Harrelson

Halle Berry: Cleveland's Halle Berry was named "Most Attractive Entrant" by a preseeding poll by tens of heterosexual males. She is one of the most famous actresses in the world and a former fashion model.

She won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in 2001's Monster's Ball. She's appeared in X-MenSwordfish and as a Bond Girl in Die Another Day. She also won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress for her role in Introducing Dorothy Dandridge.

Woody Harrelson: Harrelson is an actor who was born in Texas but raised in Lebanon. A graduate of Lebanon High School, Harrelson started as a woodworker at Kings Island before heading to Indiana for college.

After a life epiphany, he graduated in theater and arts from Hanover College. He got his big break as Cheers bartender Woody Boyd. He's appeared in such films as White Men Can't Jump, Natural Born Killaz and Kingpin. He also co-starred in HBO's 2014 mini-series True Detective.

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Rapping Bum's picture

No mention of Miss Elizabeth (RIP) to go along with Macho Man's write-up?

Help is on the way.

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DJ Byrnes's picture

Miss Elizabeth isn't nominated.

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

Buckeyeneer's picture

I just finished reading Lex Luger's book that came out last year (ok I listened to it on cd in the car) and a lot of it was dedicated to talking about his affair with Miss Elizabeth and her death. When I was a kid she was always so classy on TV. Kind of hard for to have another one of my childhood illusions smashed.

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes
THE Ohio State University

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wilkins0802's picture

As a vet, I am rather ashamed I did not know Carey was a Marine...

Squirrel Master's picture

I was stunned the first time I heard about it, but man look at him. He was a totally different guy back then.

 

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

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Buckeyeneer's picture

That's insane. What a difference a couple dozen pounds makes!

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes
THE Ohio State University

NorthernOhioBuckeye's picture

A good friend of mine served in the Marines with Carey. Carey was a squad leader in his platoon. One time during leave, he told the other guys that he was going to the Improv in town to try is comedic skills. They other guys in the squad told him he would bomb but he did it anyway and the rest is history.

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Squirrel Master's picture

okay, I am stunned that the Macho Man is an underdog. No way should he lose in the first (second) round. (did I miss the play in 4?)

I love Halle Berry but I had to go Woody Harrelson. He has done so many movies that I just love. Natural Born Killers is awesome! Throw in his role in another Ohioan candidate, Larry Flint. He was great in Cheers. Cowboy Way, Zombieland, No Country for Old Men and a little known role in White Men can't Jump are some must watch films. Not all time greats but Woody has made some good ones.

Plus his first name is Woody!

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

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Bailey458's picture

Woody Harrelson's role in White Men Can't Jump was a great role, and Woody has some pretty decent ball skills (even though he couldn't really dunk, besides that one time when he was wearing lifts at the end of the game, I think).  I loved White Men Can't Jump, what a classic.  Combines gambling, street ball, jeopardy and Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson together.  We goin to Sizzler, we goin to sizzler.

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Chief B1G Dump's picture

I went all chalk here EXCEPT I had Macho Man upsetting Roy Rogers.  I may feel different if I were in my 80s but I was a young kid in the 80s so Macho Man it is, OOOOOOOOHHHHHHH YEEEEEEEEEEAH! (snap into a Slim Jim).

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allinosu's picture

Not true, my wife is 47 and she knows there is a big difference in the two.

route4buckeye's picture

Halle Berry over Woody Harrelson is an embarrassment.

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Hasbro's picture

You, sir, are incorrect.

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Go1Bucks's picture

I think Woody would disagree with you and I have to agree- I would love Halle Berry over me...under me...in front of me...sideways.  hehe

Go Bucks!

Go1Bucks's picture

And yes I know, she can't act.

Go Bucks!

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flying-banana's picture

So true, if I could upvote this I absolutely would. Halle Barry is stunning, dont get me wrong, and a very talented actress in her own right. But Woody Harrelson kills it in every role he has ever done and is a phenomenally talented actor.

 

Plus, you know, I support anyone named Woody.

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route4buckeye's picture

My words exactly. Upvote for you, sir.

I think he was his best in No Country For Old Men. Even in a limited role.

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bedheadjc's picture

You know, I counted the floors to this building from the street.

- And? -

There's one missing.
 

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bukyze's picture

Halle usually gives me a Woody.

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RedStorm45's picture

Harrleson has been in a lot recently.

route4buckeye's picture

By the way, how the hell is Nick Lachey not on here? He was deserving of a 2 seed at least.

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RedStorm45's picture

He's playing (Lil) Bow Wow in the play-in game.

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Hasbro's picture
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Nappy's picture

I've never once watched Gone With the Wind.  I have watched Monster's Ball a few times because boobs.

Fan of bacon since 1981

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BED's picture

I love me some Dave, but Drew is a native Ohioan, not a transplant.  Plus, Call Me Cobra.

The Ohio State University, College of Arts & Sciences, Class of 2006
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Class of 2009

PittBuckeye's picture

That was my thoughts on that exactly. Drew made a show that actually managed to get "Cleveland rocks!" stuck in people's heads. Magic.

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Buckeye in Illini country's picture

I'm a Cincinnatian and had to give it to Drew, despite my disdain for Cleveland.

Columbus to Pasadena: 35 hours.  We're on a road trip through the desert looking for strippers and cocaine... and Rose Bowl wins!

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ULuvLucy's picture

Annie Oakley: super underrated. Being from Greenville I can drop some knowledge on you: She could point a gun backwards over her shoulder, look into a hand mirror to aim, then still shoot the $ht out of any target behind her back that she wanted to hit. One-on-one, as I like to make these things, she'd kick Spielberg's arse. :D Plus, as a kid I was forced to attend the Garst Museum to see all her crappy memorabilia and my tears of suffering have to be worth something.

 

In my mockup, I had Macho Man Randy Savage and his opponent mutually destroying each other, but since that isn't an option here I'll vote for Savage.

BrutusBlock O

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RedStorm45's picture

The list of people left off this region is amazing...John Legend, George Clooney (St. Mike's student), Rob Lowe, Ryan Dunn, Katt Williams, Brooklyn Decker, Dan Patrick/John Buccigross (sports? entertainment?), Martin Sheen, even lesser known people like Katie Holmes, Carmen Electra, Josh Radnor, Jerry Springer, etc.  I'm sure I'm missing even a few more.

I would think Clooney would trump, say Harrelson or Drew Carey.

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route4buckeye's picture

EXPAND THE TOURNEY NOW.

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Blackbeards Delight's picture

We need an NIT. And better yet the woman's bracket. 

Crunchy Peanut Butter Bitches.

- Me

 

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buckeyefanatic's picture

UPVOTE for women's bracket!

How many batteries does it take to beat Michigan football?   1AA
Want to beat Michigan? There's an App for that.

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Chise47's picture

Exactly, Ohio has more than enough talented/famous Natives to have been split Male/Female.

I'm not a big fan of the "transplants" either no matter what they may have accomplished. Should be Ohio born & bred only.

Squirrel Master's picture

even lesser known people like

never in the history of language should Katie Holmes and Carmen Electra be considered "lesser known".

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

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RedStorm45's picture

Touche.  They're...uhhh...less accomplished??

RedStorm45's picture

EDIT: double comment

Oakland Buckeye's picture

Buccigross, seriously!

Clooney not an Ohioan, He lived in Ky his entire life, calls Ky home, I went to HS with him...

Go1Bucks's picture

Only Clooney of your list is worth adding, maybe Rob Lowe - though I agree there are many more not on.  But it isn't a 192 team tourney.

 

Edit: corrected, Clooney no longer worthy, only lived in Ohio from 68-74, as a child.

Go Bucks!

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toad1204's picture

Had to save some firepower for next year.

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

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ghalephoto's picture

Clooney is a Ky boy

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OSUStu's picture

Straight chalk except I had to go for Woody Harrelson over Halle Berry based on actual accomplishments rather than the ability to cause me to drool.

One other point:  Doris Day, born in Cincinnati, is a huge oversight in this region.  She probably deserves the 5 seed.  According to Quigley Publishing, she is the top ranked money-making female box office star of all time and ranked 11th among all box office performers.  

http://www.quigleypublishing.com/MPalmanac/Top10/Top10_JohnWayne.html

Of note:  Bob Hope, Paul Newman, and Clark Gable are all in the top 10.

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

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Go1Bucks's picture

And as appropriate for 11 Warriors, she is ranked 11th.  I like it.

Go Bucks!

Jasper's picture

Another note about Bob Hope:  Hope did so many USO tours, that Congress actually passed a bill making him the ONLY person to ever be recognized as a military veteran, without actually serving in the armed forces.

"If we worked half as hard as our band, we'd be champions." - Woody Hayes

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DJ Byrnes's picture

That's a cool tidibit. I'll be sure to add that in the second round. (RIP RL STINE, I STILL LOVE GOOSEBUMPS.)

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

BucksfanXC's picture

Some of these I have to vote on the more Ohio-ness factor. Transplant versus born and raised, etc. But Randy Savage over Roy Rogers. I love me some Macho Man and the WCW and WWF but come on! Roy Rogers was one of the first nation wide celebrities, ever.

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

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AndyVance's picture

I agree wholeheartedly. Love me some Macho Man (child of the 80s, Baby), but Roy Rogers is getting no respect. The King of the Cowboys was a BIG deal. Not sure if there's a generational disconnect here or what, but Roy Rogers deserves a bit more love than he's getting here.

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OSUStu's picture

I always thought he was just the guy that served up all those nice hamburgers and roast beef sandwiches.  For that alone, he got my vote.

 

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

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Buckeye in Illini country's picture

There is only one left in the Cincinnati area, in the Mt. Carmel/ Eastgate area.

Columbus to Pasadena: 35 hours.  We're on a road trip through the desert looking for strippers and cocaine... and Rose Bowl wins!

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OSUStu's picture

In reality, I've never been there.  Any good?

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

Buckeye in Illini country's picture

It's pretty good.  Weird variety of foods.  Fried chicken, roast beef, and burgers (including the "Double R-Bar Burger", which has ham on it).  The chicken is greasy but good.  Roast beef is better than Arby's (not saying much, but it is saying something).  And the burgers are standard fast food.

My mom used to work there when she was in high school/ early college.  The owners are really nice people (a father who may have passed, and two brothers).

Columbus to Pasadena: 35 hours.  We're on a road trip through the desert looking for strippers and cocaine... and Rose Bowl wins!

BucksfanXC's picture

I'm under 30, also child of the 80s, and I love Macho Man, but I know enough to vote for Roy as the greater Ohioian.

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

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allinosu's picture

Agreed, night and day difference. Like voting Chris Bosh over Wilt Chamberlain. Happy trails to you.

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shamgod's picture

Bummed about Thurber. Still holding out hope for Woody.

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BoFuquel's picture

Leonard Sly is the greatest. GO BUCKS!

I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

The unintentional hilarity in all of this is when it's mentioned that Drew Carey is in the WWE Hall of Fame, and then the next matchup includes the Macho Man Randy Savage.  It's pretty messed up that Drew Carey is in the WWE Hall of Fame (in the "celebrity wing") while Randy Savage is not.

 

Class of 2010.

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tennbuckeye19's picture

This bracket could be huge if expanded to include all the "famous" folks from Ohio.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_people_from_Ohio

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OSUStu's picture

This is the only way to get a true champion.  Otherwise, this nothing more than an MNC.

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

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spqr2008's picture

I have to give it to Thurber over Clark Gable, given that he popularized the song, "We don't give a damn for the whole State of Michigan."

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nburns18's picture

These are so cool

"You win with people." -Woody Hayes

Knarcisi's picture

Macho Man pulling the upset ... It must be 11W. 

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yrro's picture

Wait... how is there no Bill Watterson? 

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419BuckI's picture

Can not believe that Danny Thomas is not on this list! Not only was he one of the major television stars of the 50's and 60's, and the producer of such minor hits as the Andy Griffith Show, the Dick Van Dyke Show, the Mary Tyler Moore Show and the Mod Squad, but most importantly he is one of the greatest philanthropists in entertainment history. Mr. Thomas was the founder of the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital which has touched millions of lives over the last fifty years. Seeing the stars of Ohio and the impact they have made on this great state, and country makes me proud to be a Buckeye.  Between Bob Hope, Paul Newman and Danny Thomas' charities Billions have been donated. Way to pay it forward!

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Poison nuts's picture

Chappelle Show is without a doubt the greatest TV comedy series ever. However short lived. I love Drew Carey, who's a dyed in the wool Ohioan, but I went with Chappelle & surprised he's behind. Damn.

"Death created time to grow the things that it would kill" - Detective Rustin Cohle.

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shadybuck's picture

Greatest TV show ever, I still quote it on a daily basis at least once a day, and Dave was hilarious in about every movie role he got from Robin Hood: Men in Tights to Half Baked to Blue Streak.  His stand up comedy is really what he is best at though and he is my second favorite stand-up comedian of all time, his special that he did in San Francisco makes my sides hurt from laughing so hard.

TheBadOwl's picture

As far as sketch comedy shows go, Chappelle's Show is unparalleled. It's been, what, eight or nine years since he left the show? Every sketch still holds up. If he loses to Drew Carey, I'll be pretty upset.

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

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Go1Bucks's picture

Prepare to be upset.  Think _ichigan.

Go Bucks!

shadybuck's picture

I'm sorry, I've always liked Drew Carey, but in a pure comparison of talent between the two as entertainers... (stop and think about it).... it's not even close

cal3713's picture

*ucking bullshit. Come on Chappelle.

Dougger's picture

Alright this region is amazing. Didn't know Spielberg was born in the 'nasti, but looks like he didn't live here very long. I knew RL Stine wouldn't win, so I voted for him as the 16th seed. Loved reading his books as a kid, especially the "pick your own ending" types. I would just flip through the pages anyway but still! Cool idea.

I like football

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Jeeves's picture

This really should have been labelled the "pop culture and entertainment" region instead of the arts unless a fine arts section is to be added at a later time. Leaving off George Bellows, Philip Johnson, Jim Dine, Maya Lin and Ann Hamilton among others is unfortunately an act of low brow cultural heresy.

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Phutatorius's picture

First, this whole project is awesome.

Second, you left out Devo.  HOW COULD YOU LEAVE OUT DEVO?

My soul is broken.

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