On the occasion of Bull & Finch pub owner Thomas Kershaw's opening another Cheers bar in Faneuil Hall, reader Mitchell Myers questions the Globe's account of why the Hollywood producers decided to set their famous sitcom at Kershaw's pub. We reported that series cocreator Glen Charles stopped in Boston en route to a Maine vacation, and fell in love with the Bull & Finch. "That may or may not be true," Myers writes, "but it still avoids discussing the true origins of `Cheers' in WCVB's `Park Street Under.' "
Ah, yes. The story that will not die. Myers is right that 'CVB (Channel 5) producer Hubert Jessup had launched a successful sitcom set in a Boston bar a couple of years before "Cheers" came on the air. Jessup's show, "Park Street Under," has remarkable similarities to the eventual NBC product: a talented comedian-bartender (Steve Sweeney), "the long-suffering yet quick-witted waitress" - a quote from Monica Collins's 1979 Herald review - and so on. It is also true that 'CVB had sold Jessup's earlier sitcom, "The Baxters," to Norman Lear for national production. And yes, 'CVB was shopping "Park Street Under" to Hollywood production companies just before James Burrows and Glen and Les Charles came up with the "Cheers" concept.