Because Iran has turned into an inflexible, almost rogue, state, the Merabis do not return to the old country.
Given the sudden fall of the middle class there, Sam says he has been fortunate to have landed in America.
“I have absolutely benefited from growing up in this country,” he said. “There were schools, social programs in the community and I remember watching PBS and getting excited by the science I saw there.
“Given the situation - where families in Iran and many others had to suddenly leave - I feel fortunate that we were able to come to this country and start new lives.”