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Dr. Patricia (Pat) Floyd received her PhD from Florida State University. Retired after 45 years of teaching at all levels in public education, and as university professor of undergraduate and graduate students, she is the co-author of twelve college textbooks. Pat was born and reared in her beloved Luverne, Alabama, where she developed a deep love for her people. She is an avid international traveler, a Belted Galloway cattle rancher, a volunteer, actress, community activist, and the founder of “Voices of Luverne” and “Voices of Crenshaw County.” She loves working with people, helping students, and making a difference in the world.
“The Big Red Clock” is the story of a big red clock on a tall red post that sits right in the center of Luverne, Alabama-known as the Friendliest City in the South! The Big Red Clock was proud to be the focal point of Friendly City. Everyone greeted him as they passed by and they were grateful to know the time of day. The Big Red Clock was a very happy clock…until one day when storms damaged his working parts. He ended up in a dusty, dark warehouse for many months before the city leaders sent him to be repaired at the Tick-Tock Bells and Clock Factory Hospital in Cincinnati. There, the Big Red Clock was reunited with his clock family…but he missed his friends in Friendly City. It took a long time for the Big Red Clock to recover, but finally he was rushed back to Friendly City. All the happy people gathered around as he was placed on his Big Red Post to tell all the Friendly people when it was time to go to work or school, when it was time to go to lunch, and when it was time to go home and have dinner with their families. Today, the cheerful, mighty sound of the Big Red Clock can be heard throughout the Friendliest City in the South. Tick-Tock, Tick-Tock, Boing, Ding-dong, Clang!