|Carl D. Perkins Federal Building & Courthouse, Ashland, Ky.|
If you've accepted student loans, you've no doubt encountered Carl D. Perkins before. His "Perkins Loans" are a great help to struggling students. He served in the House of Representatives from 1949 until he died in 1984. The building constructed in his honor is very typical of a 1980s government building; utilitarian in design with clean lines and generous use of windows but void of either warmth or individualistic style.
Perkins worked tirelessly for the underprivileged, particularly those in eastern Kentucky. He brought many national leaders, including the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, to the area to gain support for efforts to improve the lives of Kentuckians. At the end of the video of Sen. Kennedy, Rep. Perkins is seen sitting next to the Senator.