The Lincoln Journal Star counted down 150 Notable Nebraskans to celebrate the state’s sesquicentennial.

We began our process by soliciting reader input, grouping individuals by category: art, literature and journalism; business; science and medicine; politics; sports; film and television; and a miscellaneous category that included philosophers, activists, Natives, educators and more.

Then we gathered a five-person panel of two local historians and three longtime Journal Star staff members.

The group winnowed the list to 150 people, using the words “notable” and “significant” as our guides. We chose people whose influence went beyond the state’s borders, gaining them recognition in their fields.

We hope our list will enlighten, entertain and, most of all, generate conversation.