On February 15, 1933, Roosevelt was giving an impromptu speech from the back of an open car in the Bayfront Park area of Miami, Florida, where Zangara was living, working the occasional odd job, and living off his savings. Zangara joined the crowd, armed with a .32-caliber US Revolver Company pistol he had bought for $8 at a local pawn shop. However, being only five feet tall, he was unable to see over other people, and had to stand on a wobbly, metal folding chair, peering over the hat of Lillian Cross to get a clear aim at his target.
After the first shot, Cross and others grabbed his arm, and he fired four more shots wildly. Five people were hit, including Chicago mayor Anton Cermak, who was standing on the running board of the car next to Roosevelt. En route to the hospital, Cermak allegedly told FDR, “I’m glad it was me instead of you,” words now inscribed on a plaque in Bayfront Park.
Glenn Bentley is thrilled to get back on the stage at The Modern. He has previously been seen in the ensemble of All Is Calm and as the deadbeat gambler Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls. He wants to thank the patrons, directors, administration, fellow actors, everyone behind-the-scenes and backstage – but especially his wife and four children for their continuing support.