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Meet the Frankfort Hot Dogs Alumni Hall of Fame

BY SHARON BARDONNER - sbardonner@ftimes.com

This weekend the inaugural class of the Frankfort Hot Dogs Alumni Hall of Fame will be inducted. Over the next few days The Times will present each of the 15 honorees selected for inducton in 2018. The inductees are graduates of Frankfort High School unless indicated otherwise.

David ‘Kyle’ CookClass of 1994

Kyle Cook is the lead guitarist and sings backup vocals for the multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated band Matchbox Twenty. Cook has recorded five albums that have produced numerous hit songs including, “3AM,” “Unwell” and “Push.” Kyle also contributed to Mick Jagger’s song “Visions of Paradise” and produced several songs with John Waite.

Janice Koertge DavidsonClass of 1962

Janic Koertge was the first Clinton County Junior Miss. After graduating from Frankfort High School, she attended Purdue University and earned a bachelor’s degree in education and communications. She went on to receive her master’s degree in Communications and her doctorate in American Studies from the University of Maryland.

In 1982, Davidson founded Davidson & Associates, an educational software company that published award-winning products like Math Blaster, Word Attack and an SAT vocabulary. In 1999, she and her husband co-founded the Davidson Institute for Talent Development and, later, the Davidson Academy, which support the nation’s profoundly gifted youth. Davidson will be represented at the ceremony by her nephew, Nick Barnes.

Andrew J. DetherageClass of 1983

Andrew J. Detherage graduated with distinction from Indiana University and summa cum laude from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.

In 2017, Detherage was ranked as a “Lawyer of the Year” by “The Best Lawyers in America” for his work in insurance law. Since 2011 he has ranked among the top litigation attorneys, according to Chambers USA.

He is a partner with Barnes & Thornburg LLP and a member of the firm’s Management Committee. Detherage is also co-chair of the firm’s Insurance Recovery and Counseling Practice Group, which was named by “Law360” as a “Practice Group of the Year.”

Rana Dogar ForooharClass of 1988

Rana Dogar Foroohar graduated from Barnard College, Columbia University, with a B.A. in English Literature. She began her professional career as a writer for Self Magazine. She has also written for Newsweek in their New York and London bureaus, Time magazine, and the Financial Times.

Foroohar is a CNN global economics analyst and is a frequent financial expert. In 2016, she authored the book “Makers and Takers: The Rise of Finance and the Fall of American Business,” which was shortlisted for the FT McKinsey Award as the Best Financial Book of the Year.

Foroohar will be represented at the ceremony by her mother, Ann Dogar.

William Aughe GhereClass of 1919

William Aughe Ghere, known as “Will Geer,” graduated from the University of Chicago with a master’s degree in botany. He started his career with a touring company performing tent shows and riverboats. His best-known role was also his last, as Grandpa Zebulon Walton, in the long running television series “The Waltons.”

In 1951, he formed the “Theatricum Botanicum,” a repertory theater in Topanga Canyon, Calif., where he not only coached actors but also encouraged outdoor philosophical discussion and, of course, folk singing.