If anyone is interested the following article appeared in Digital TV of April 2003. Here is a small excerpt :HD Pioneer Flaherty receives Legion of Honor. Joseph Flaherty, Ph.D. senior vice-president of technology for CBS received the French Decoration as an Officier de l'Ordre Nationale de la Légion d'Honneur in early March In a small ceremonhy at the French Consulate in New York City. Dr. Flaherty was presented the accolade by the Consul General, M.Duqué for his pioneering work in digital television.
Strange this award occurs when our feelings for the French are less than positive.