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What you did was illegal--perhaps asking the author to do so would have been a better route (though Hoefler likely would have said 'no' had they replied).
If you wish to internally rename fonts, learn to do it correctly. Go to FontForge's forum and ask as it isn't really having something to do with Adobe's software directly and as it is illegal to muck about with another's font, we shouldn't give help to do so.
All that said, even if you properly internally rename the fonts and they work in ID, they likely won't in some other applications. Consider logical groupings for the families.
extremely helpful as always, adobe forums
I actually figured this out since posting here. Not sure how I fixed it, but I just deleted and re-did all the fonts and they worked. So I must have been just typing something wrong. STILL not sure why it only would work in InDesign.
Also for the record, all I was doing was sorting some poorly named fonts that were on my computer at work. If this is illegal I'm sorry to the font maker for "mucking about" with their fonts. If I get the death penalty for this, may my last words on the Adobe Forums be: I died in the name of font organization, and I harbor no regrets.
There are two competing systems for font styles (actually, there is no competition at all – but the older system is too ubiquitous to just disregard). One is where a font has either "Bold" or "Italic" (or both) set as a single option, the other is with just a family name and an extensive list of possible sub-styles. It sounds your fonts are neither and so each one appears as a single unique font, unrelated to the others.
Fixing this with FontForge ought to be possible, but you must take care to change exactly the right items. It's something even font designers get wrong; see, for example, this recent thread: Style Field in Character Palette
Also, lots of font information gets cached, both by your system (especially when on a Mac) and by InDesign itself. There are a few other threads on how to clear those, making sure InDesign sees only the latest version.
Best is contact your font supplier. It is highly likely you have an outdated Gotham; the one I have consists of two larger families ("Gotham" and "Gotham Condensed"), but all individual styles are gathered inside these two.
I had considered that it was a cache thing, but I uninstalled and re-installed InDesign and also cleared the preferences.
Mine are now under Gotham after a struggle, but before my list looked more like this:
It was horrible. I'm 100% sure you're right about them being out-dated and I may bring it up at our next meeting. Thank you so much for the reply, by the way.