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2023 Frankfort Hotdogs Hall of Fame Inductees


(Alumni) Class of 1949

After marrying “Mitzi” Gaffney in 1952, Fred built his own successful retail business.

In 1972, he became President of Citizen’s Building and Loan. Fred served with countless civic organizations including Frankfort Main Street, the Community Foundation and the Chamber of Commerce.

In 2022, on “Fred Carter Day,” the Mayor proclaimed him “Mr. Hot Dog” for a lifetime of service to Frankfort.


(Alumni) Class of 1951

A graduate of Indiana University Medical School, Dr. Dupler served his country in the Army before returning to Frankfort where he cared for his community for more than 30 years.

Dr. Dupler developed the first Intensive Care Unit at Clinton County Hospital and was Medical Director at Bradford Woods summer diabetic camp for children.



(Alumni) Class of 2003

BFA in costume design, Ball State University. MFA in Material Culture from University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Nicole worked at Colonial Williamsburg and was Artistic Director for American Duchess Shoes. 

She is now a full-time fashion history content creator on YouTube where she brings her expertise in shoemaking, sewing and tailoring to an international audience.


(Alumni) Class of 1978

Dan began his work career at Georgie Porgies when he was fifteen years old.

In 1984 he worked for a label company in Terre Haute, then returned to Frankfort in 1989 to start his own company, Hi-Tech Label. Hi-Tech creates labels for businesses coast-to-coast.

Dan and Hi-Tech have been important contributors to local organizations for decades.


 (Honorary Inductee)

A graduate of Indiana State University, Clarence taught Industrial Arts at FHS for 41 years and was Head Wrestling Coach for 37 years.

His teams won 6 Conference Championships and one Team Semi-State Championship. He coached 3 Individual State Champions.

In 2001 he was inducted into the Indiana High School Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame.


 (Alumni) Class of 1897

Masters and PhD in Mechanics and Astronomy, Indiana University. Director of Lowell Observatory in Arizona from 1926 until 1952.

By measuring redshift of distant stars, V.M. discovered stars were moving away from Earth which eventually led to Georges Lemaitre’s theory that has become known as “The Big Bang Theory.”


 (Alumni) Class of 1902

E.C. received his BA degree in Astronomy from Indiana University in 1906.

While working as an Astronomer at Lowell Observatory, E.C. became one of the first to standardize photographic plates for photometric measures, a procedure which is now universally used.

He published two books, The Photographic Story of Mars (1962) and A Photographic Study of the Brighter Planets (1964.)

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