Sam Krichinshy emigrated to Baltimore from Europe on July 4, 1914. His pride on that day is told and retold to his children and grandchildren with great emotion. The film spans from his arrival to the mid-60s. Cars, clothing and appliances lend authenticity to the various eras. The family's purchase of their first television is a funny experience as the sit in front of it for hours watching the test pattern, waiting for a program to appear. Barry Levinson (director of Rain Man), wrote and directed this semi-autobiographical look at his ancestors. His work is an obvious labor of love; the film is a rich, warm and wonderful look at American heritage.