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Bedford Branch Library (734) 847-6747
Blue Bush Branch Library (734) 242-4085
Carleton Branch Library (734) 654-2180
Dorsch Memorial Branch Library (734) 241-7878
Dundee Branch Library (734) 529-3310
Ellis Library & Reference Center (734) 241-5277
Erie Branch Library (734) 848-4420
Frenchtown-Dixie Branch Library (734) 289-1035
Ida Branch Library (734) 269-2191
L.S. Navarre Branch Library (734) 241-5577
Maybee Branch Library (734) 587-3680
Newport Branch Library (734) 586-2117
Rasey Memorial Branch Library (734) 848-4572
Robert A. Vivian Branch Library (734)241-1430
South Rockwood Branch Library (734) 379-3333
Summerfield-Petersburg Branch Library (734) 279-1025
Bedford Branch Library
8575 Jackman Rd. Temperance, MI 48182 Phone: (734) 847-6747
Fax: (734) 847-6591
Sun: 12:00 pm-5:00 pm
Mon - Thu: 9:00 am-9:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
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Blue Bush Branch Library
Blue Bush Branch Library
2210 Blue Bush Road Monroe, MI 48162-9643 Phone: (734) 242-4085
Fax: (734) 242-4085
Mon - Tue: 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Wed: 1:00 pm-8:00 pm
Thu: 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Fri: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am-2:00 pm
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Carleton Branch Library
Carleton Branch Library
1444 Kent Street Carleton, MI 48117-0267 Phone: (734) 654-2180
Fax: (734) 654-8767
Mon: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Tue - Wed: 9:00 am-8:00 pm
Thu: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
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Dorsch Memorial Branch Library
Dorsch Memorial Branch Library
18 East First Street Monroe, MI 48161-2227 Phone: (734) 241-7878
Fax: (734) 241-7879
Mon - Tue: 9:00 am-8:00 pm
Wed: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Thu: 9:00 am-8:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
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Dundee Branch Library
Dundee Branch Library
144 East Main Street Dundee, MI 48131-1202 Phone: (734) 529-3310
Fax: (734) 529-7415
Mon: 9:00 am-6:00 pm
Tue: 10:00 am-8:00 pm
Wed: 9:00 am-6:00 pm
Thu: 10:00 am-8:00 pm
Fri: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am-2:00 pm
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Ellis Library & Reference Center
Ellis Library & Reference Center
3700 South Custer Rd. Monroe 48161-9716 Phone: (734) 241-5277
Toll Free: (800) 462-2050
Fax: (734) 242-9037
Sun: 12:00 pm-5:00 pm
Mon - Thu: 9:00 am-9:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
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Erie Branch Library
Erie Branch Library
2065 Erie Rd. Erie, MI 48133-9757 Phone: (734) 848-4420
Mon: 2:00 pm-8:00 pm
Tue: 9:00 am-1:00 pm
Wed: 10:00 am-6:00 pm
Thu: 2:00 pm-6:00 pm
Fri: 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
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Frenchtown-Dixie Branch Library
Frenchtown-Dixie Branch Library
2881 Nadeau Monroe, MI 48162-9355 Phone: (734) 289-1035
Fax: (734) 289-3867
Mon - Tue: 9:00 am-8:00 pm
Wed: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Thu: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
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Ida Branch Library
Ida Branch Library
3016 Lewis Ave. Ida, MI 48140-0056 Phone: (734) 269-2191
Fax: (734) 269-3315
Mon: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Tue: 10:00 am-6:00 pm
Wed - Fri: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am-1:00 pm
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L.S. Navarre Branch Library
Navarre Branch Library
1135 East Second Street Monroe, MI 48161-1920 Phone: (734) 241-5577
Fax: (734) 241-5577
Mon: 1:00 pm-6:00 pm
Tue: 10:00 am-8:00 pm
Wed - Thu: 1:00 pm-6:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
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Maybee Branch Library
Maybee Branch Library
9060 Raisin St. Maybee, MI 48159-0165 Phone: (734) 587-3680
Fax: (734) 587-3680
Mon: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Tue: 12:00 pm-5:00 pm
Thu: 9:00 am-1:00 pm
Fri: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Sat: 9:00 am-2:00 pm
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Newport Branch Library
8120 N. Dixie Hwy. Newport, MI 48166-9703 Phone: (734) 586-2117
Fax: (734) 586-1116
Mon: 12:00 pm-6:00 pm
Tue: 10:00 am-8:00 pm
Wed: 10:00 am-6:00 pm
Thu: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Fri: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am-2:00 pm
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Rasey Memorial Branch Library
Rasey Memorial Branch Library
4349 Oak, Box 416 Luna Pier, MI 48157-4572 Phone: (734) 848-4572
Fax: (734) 848-4572
Mon: 9:00 am-1:00 pm
Tue: 2:00 pm-8:00 pm
Wed: 2:00 pm-6:00 pm
Thu: 9:00 am-1:00 pm
Fri: 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Sat: 9:00 am-1:00 pm
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Robert A. Vivian Branch Library
2664 Vivian Road Monroe, MI 48162-9212 Phone: (734)241-1430
Fax: (734)241-1430
Mon: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Wed: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Thu: 9:00 am-2:00 pm
Fri: 12:00 pm-5:00 pm
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South Rockwood Branch Library
12776 Dixie Hwy. P.O. Box 47 S. Rockwood, MI 48179 Phone: (734) 379-3333
Fax: (734) 379-3333
Mon: 10:00 am-1:00 pm
Tue: 1:00 pm-6:00 pm
Wed: 1:00 pm-8:00 pm
Thu: 2:00 pm-6:00 pm
Fri: 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
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Summerfield-Petersburg Branch Library
Summerfield-Petersburg Branch Library
60 East Center St. Petersburg, MI 49270 Phone: (734) 279-1025
Fax: (734) 279-2328
Mon - Tue: 10:00 am-7:00 pm
Wed: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Thu: 3:00 pm-8:00 pm
Fri: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am-1:00 pm
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Lotus Gingko Show

About the Lotus Gingko Show

Now viewable online at youtube.com/user/MPACTStudio

"From high atop the Benesh Building in beautiful downtown Monroe," The Lotus Ginkgo Show is a comedy/parody talk show seen weekly on Michigan's Monroe Public Access Cable Television. Dubbed "A jaded look at life in the Floral City," the show is hosted by a cynical, self-loathing, irreverent fictional character named Lotus Ginkgo, played by Lee Markham, who also writes and produces the show. Lotus is always trying to be hip but often fails, and despite his cocky fa├žade, his self esteem is so low that he is constantly running himself and the program down. He mockingly declares at the beginning of each show, "This is how we squander your public access cable franchise fee. Now stay tuned for the worst show in television.” The program has been a staple at MPACT since 1993, and is the station’s longest running program.

His name comes from two members of the plant kingdom that have special notoriety in Monroe. Dr. Eduard Dorsch, whose 19th century home in Monroe was willed to become a public library, planted lotus beds in the marshes of Lake Erie. The ginkgo tree that Dr. Dorsch planted in his front yard around 1865 was a gift from the Chinese Ambassador, and each fall drops its foul-smelling fruits in front of Monroe's Dorsch Memorial Library.

The program's “sponsor,” the Zooblot Company, is headquartered in Cheesequake, New Jersey. There actually is such a town, but the fictional company produces numerous useless products including ginkgo cologne, frozen monkey meat, imitation bananas, Can of Worms, and a blank newspaper for the electronic age.

Lotus’ announcer and co-host is Major Vista, played by Tom Gerweck. Major Vista provides the opening and closing announcements, and sits next to Lotus throughout the show, providing his own commentary, and acting as a sounding board for the host. Major Vista wears a quasi-uniform of ambiguous origin.

Lotus’ wife Biloba Sue Ginkgo is played by Faye Markham, and makes occasional supporting appearances on the show.

Show Details

Recurring themes on the show have included “Real Headlines from the Monroe Evening News,” in which Lotus makes wry comments about headlines from the local newspaper, often misinterpreting their meaning. Lotus’ "Top Eleven List,” does David Letterman one better. Lotus occasionally goes to his mailbox, only to find something shocking and surprising in “Head in the Mailbox,” and it’s always interesting to see whose head will be in there. In “Monroe Monopoly,” Lotus and Major Vista draw Chance and Community Chest cards that reflect local issues. "The Lotus Ginkgo Tabernacle Choir" has appeared twice on the show to sing the theme from Gilligan's Island with mock seriousness. Lotus sometimes expresses his opinion by reading from his column called “What Do I Care?” which he supposedly pens for the Zooblot Enquirer, a fictional newspaper. “Lotus’ Book Club” usually features books supposedly written by Lotus and Major Vista. Lotus often checks the movable letter signs of the Rod Stewart Church of God and the Fifth-Third Presbyterian Church for humorous sermon topics.

General George Armstrong Custer (portrayed by Steve Alexander) has been a frequent guest on the show, occasionally in a straight interview, but more often in a comic skit. One time General Custer mysteriously returned alive to Monroe from the Battle of the Little Big Horn, and another time he and Lotus engaged in a lively debate, running against each other for Mayor of Monroe.

Over the years, other guests have included several Mayors of Monroe, local activist Jeanne Micka, and the late legendary story teller and children’s author Elizabeth “Aunt Bett” McWebb. There are occasional fictional characters appearing as guests as well.

On the serious side, Lotus promotes three causes: blood donation, prostate checkup for men over 40, and colonoscopy for everyone over 50. While Lotus is quite serious about encouraging his viewers to participate in these activities, they of course also lend themselves to humorous comments from time to time.

The Lotus Ginkgo Show is seen at 7:30 pm every Thursday and 11:30 am on Comcast (Channels 21 and 916) and Charter Cable (Channel 187). Current episodes are available online at youtube.com/user/MPACTStudio. Clips from “The Best of Lotus Ginkgo are available on YouTube.

Contact Information

Any questions or comments on the show may be sent to yolotus@hotmail.com.

Monroe Public Access Cable Television
20 West Fifth Street 
Monroe, MI 48161 
Tel. (734) 243-5707