Bo Emerson

staff writer

I'm an Atlanta native and a long-time AJC feature and news writer. (At my first newspaper job, in South Carolina, we used typewriters, copy paper and glue pots.) I've covered everything from Prince's Purple Rain tour to the Olympic bombing. I'm married to columnist Maureen Downey and we have four children.

Latest from Bo Emerson

NFL, Super Bowl and Zoo Atlanta hold electronics-waste recycling rally  
 The upcoming Super Bowl LIII, which takes place Feb. 3,  is bringing some fringe benefits to Atlanta. One special opportunity is the chance to recycle electronics gear. The NFL, the Atlanta Super Bowl Host Committee,  Verizon and Zoo Atlanta will give Atlantans a chance to safely dispose of computers, monitors, televisions...

Posted: 11 hours ago

The upcoming Super Bowl LIII, which takes place Feb. 3,  is bringing some fringe benefits to Atlanta. One special opportunity is the chance to recycle electronics gear. The NFL, the Atlanta Super Bowl Host Committee,  Verizon and Zoo Atlanta will give Atlantans a chance to safely dispose of computers, monitors, televisions...
Cleveland Sellers, civil rights pioneer, to speak on King Day
 When Cleveland Sellers, who speaks Monday, Jan. 21,  at the Atlanta History Center, went back to school in 1968, he was looking for a little peace and quiet. The young leader with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee had been working for the previous few years “in the trenches,” registering voters in Mississippi...

Posted: 2 days ago

When Cleveland Sellers, who speaks Monday, Jan. 21,  at the Atlanta History Center, went back to school in 1968, he was looking for a little peace and quiet. The young leader with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee had been working for the previous few years “in the trenches,” registering voters in Mississippi...
Martin Luther King Jr.’s Atlanta: Other historic sites
 The life of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is entwined with the city of Atlanta. King’s birthplace, his home church and a cultural center devoted to his memory are among the historic sites clustered in the King Historic District near downtown Atlanta. But there are locations elsewhere in Atlanta that also witnessed history, and...

Posted: 2 days ago

The life of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is entwined with the city of Atlanta. King’s birthplace, his home church and a cultural center devoted to his memory are among the historic sites clustered in the King Historic District near downtown Atlanta. But there are locations elsewhere in Atlanta that also witnessed history, and...
Taking MARTA to the Super Bowl: a guide for first-time riders
 As far as downtown traffic is concerned, the Super Bowl may be the Olympics times two. Those attending the big game, the Bud Light Super Bowl Music Fest, the concerts in Centennial Olympic Park or any of the many satellite events, will find driving and parking a challenge. The event may attract a new crop of commuters to the...

Posted: 3 days ago

As far as downtown traffic is concerned, the Super Bowl may be the Olympics times two. Those attending the big game, the Bud Light Super Bowl Music Fest, the concerts in Centennial Olympic Park or any of the many satellite events, will find driving and parking a challenge. The event may attract a new crop of commuters to the...
Outside cinema moves to center stage
 One of the things you notice during a December visit to Andy Ditzler’s extremely tidy, spacious house in Grant Park is that there are hardly any movies there. In the living room, which has 25 linear feet of vinyl albums in one shelf, there is a screen up on the wall, but that’s for projecting the lyrics to Christmas carols. This...

Posted: 3 days ago

One of the things you notice during a December visit to Andy Ditzler’s extremely tidy, spacious house in Grant Park is that there are hardly any movies there. In the living room, which has 25 linear feet of vinyl albums in one shelf, there is a screen up on the wall, but that’s for projecting the lyrics to Christmas carols. This...
UPDATE | Local star power: Big Boi added to Super Bowl half-time show
 It’s official: Big Boi will join Maroon 5 and Travis Scott for the halftime show at Super Bowl LIII, the NFL revealed Sunday. Also known as Antwan Andre Patton, Big Boi is one-half of the famed Atlanta-based hip-hop duo Outkast. The NFL had not formally announced the Atlanta halftime act – Lady Gaga’s participation was revealed...

Posted: 4 days ago

It’s official: Big Boi will join Maroon 5 and Travis Scott for the halftime show at Super Bowl LIII, the NFL revealed Sunday. Also known as Antwan Andre Patton, Big Boi is one-half of the famed Atlanta-based hip-hop duo Outkast. The NFL had not formally announced the Atlanta halftime act – Lady Gaga’s participation was revealed...
Rare calico lobster avoids steam pot, may come to Atlanta
 Eve was about to become somebody’s dinner. Fate intervened. Now the very special “calico” lobster, described as a 1-in-30 million mutation, perhaps could even be coming to the Georgia Aquarium. The distinctive two-toned crustacean was part of a holiday shipment to Ocean City Seafood in Silver Springs, Maryland, when...

Posted: 4 days ago

Eve was about to become somebody’s dinner. Fate intervened. Now the very special “calico” lobster, described as a 1-in-30 million mutation, perhaps could even be coming to the Georgia Aquarium. The distinctive two-toned crustacean was part of a holiday shipment to Ocean City Seafood in Silver Springs, Maryland, when...
It’s official: Big Boi to join Maroon 5 at Super Bowl halftime
 Big Boi will join Maroon 5 for the halftime show at Super Bowl LIII, the NFL revealed Sunday.  Also known as Antwan Andre Patton, Big Boi is one half of the famed Atlanta-based hip hop duo Outkast. It’s been known for a while that Maroon 5 would perform at Mercedes-Benz Stadium during the Feb. 3 game, but the accompanying acts...

Posted: 4 days ago

Big Boi will join Maroon 5 for the halftime show at Super Bowl LIII, the NFL revealed Sunday.  Also known as Antwan Andre Patton, Big Boi is one half of the famed Atlanta-based hip hop duo Outkast. It’s been known for a while that Maroon 5 would perform at Mercedes-Benz Stadium during the Feb. 3 game, but the accompanying acts...
Coca-Cola Stage: a sweet new look for the Alliance
 When Susan Booth dreamed of a new theater, she envisioned the earthy tones of unpainted wood and the encircling arms of a warm embrace. The image she associated with that dream was one of those exquisite bowls carved by wood-turner Ed Moulthrop. “They look like what a hug would feel like if you rendered one in natural materials,&rdquo...

Posted: 7 days ago

When Susan Booth dreamed of a new theater, she envisioned the earthy tones of unpainted wood and the encircling arms of a warm embrace. The image she associated with that dream was one of those exquisite bowls carved by wood-turner Ed Moulthrop. “They look like what a hug would feel like if you rendered one in natural materials,&rdquo...
Things to do in and around Atlanta for Thursday, Jan. 10
 Dropping temperatures and clear skies invite us to venture out of the house today for theater, wine and maybe that party boat you’ve been longing for. In this update of the Henrik Ibsen classic, Nora, now a successful author, returns to the door of her estranged husband to ask a favor: a divorce. The Broadway comedy stars Tess Malis...

Posted: 8 days ago

Dropping temperatures and clear skies invite us to venture out of the house today for theater, wine and maybe that party boat you’ve been longing for. In this update of the Henrik Ibsen classic, Nora, now a successful author, returns to the door of her estranged husband to ask a favor: a divorce. The Broadway comedy stars Tess Malis...
Super Bowl: What to do when you’re not at the game
 If you’re not otherwise occupied at a football game, or being entertained by the ancillary events (such as the NFL Experience), there are plenty of things to keep you busy in downtown Atlanta and in nearby neighborhoods. Here’s a small sampling: With 10 million gallons of freshwater and saltwater tanks, the Georgia Aquarium is...

Posted: 9 days ago

If you’re not otherwise occupied at a football game, or being entertained by the ancillary events (such as the NFL Experience), there are plenty of things to keep you busy in downtown Atlanta and in nearby neighborhoods. Here’s a small sampling: With 10 million gallons of freshwater and saltwater tanks, the Georgia Aquarium is...