Jan. 27, 1923 - Eben Henson was born in Danville to Celia Bloch Henson, a New Yorker from a tough neighborhood, and Eben Burdette, a sign painter, magician and federal revenue agent who chased moonshiners through Kentucky. He graduated from Danville High School and studied at Centre College and the University of Redland.
1940s - Henson appeared on Broadway in three shows, "Grantland Rice's Spotlight," "All the Kings Men" and "Androcles and the Lion."
1947 - Henson graduated from Indiana University and returned to Kentucky after serving in the Navy and pursuing an acting career in New York. He vowed to bring Broadway to the bluegrass.
1949 - Served on the founding and advisory board of Studio Players in Lexington.
1950 - Pioneer Playhouse, the outdoor theater, started its first season. The stage helped many young actors get their start, including John Travolta, Jim Varney, Lee Majors and Bo Hopkins.