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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

How a crashed WWII airman survived enemy bullets
 “Every boy needs a hero,” said Roswell Mayor Jere Wood, “and when I was a boy, my hero was Uncle Ben.” An Air Force fighter pilot, the swashbuckling Benjamin H. King flew more than 300 combat missions in three different wars, rising from second lieutenant to brigadier general. When Wood was a boy, growing up in the...

Posted: 9 hours ago

“Every boy needs a hero,” said Roswell Mayor Jere Wood, “and when I was a boy, my hero was Uncle Ben.” An Air Force fighter pilot, the swashbuckling Benjamin H. King flew more than 300 combat missions in three different wars, rising from second lieutenant to brigadier general. When Wood was a boy, growing up in the...
‘Uncle Sam Wants You!’ Atlanta History Center exhibits WWI posters
 A new exhibit at the Atlanta History Center features some fearful characters. In one image, a hulking figure looms over a ruined landscape, his gory hands grabbing, his bayonet dripping blood, his dark face glowering out of a World War I-era poster, which bears the legend “Beat back the Hun with Liberty Bonds.” Another &ldquo...

Posted: a day ago

A new exhibit at the Atlanta History Center features some fearful characters. In one image, a hulking figure looms over a ruined landscape, his gory hands grabbing, his bayonet dripping blood, his dark face glowering out of a World War I-era poster, which bears the legend “Beat back the Hun with Liberty Bonds.” Another &ldquo...
5 things to bring to a Memorial Day BBQ (besides beer)
 What do you bring to a Memorial Day barbecue besides beer? On this holiday created to honor fallen veterans, we should pause and thank those who fight for freedom. And then cook some meat outdoors. But if you’re not throwing the party, you are probably not cooking the meat. (If you ARE throwing the party, don’t forget to include...

Posted: 6 days ago

What do you bring to a Memorial Day barbecue besides beer? On this holiday created to honor fallen veterans, we should pause and thank those who fight for freedom. And then cook some meat outdoors. But if you’re not throwing the party, you are probably not cooking the meat. (If you ARE throwing the party, don’t forget to include...
Coca-Cola among top 50 places to work, according to LinkedIn
 Coca-Cola is among the top 50 companies where people want to work, according to data collected by LinkedIn, the business networking website. Coke is No. 34 on the list, ahead of Yelp (No. 35) and Lyft (No. 38) but behind Morgan Stanley (No. 33) and Fitbit (No. 32). While LinkedIn praises Coca-Cola as one of the...

Posted: 6 days ago

Coca-Cola is among the top 50 companies where people want to work, according to data collected by LinkedIn, the business networking website. Coke is No. 34 on the list, ahead of Yelp (No. 35) and Lyft (No. 38) but behind Morgan Stanley (No. 33) and Fitbit (No. 32). While LinkedIn praises Coca-Cola as one of the...
Arthur Blank Foundation gives $100,000 to Theatrical Outfit 
 The Theatrical Outfit, one of Atlanta’s oldest non-profit theater companies, announced it has received a $100,000 gift from the Arthur W. Blank Family Foundation to help research ways to improve access to theater (and other events) through MARTA. In a press release, the theater company said that the gift will help it “research...

Posted: 8 days ago

The Theatrical Outfit, one of Atlanta’s oldest non-profit theater companies, announced it has received a $100,000 gift from the Arthur W. Blank Family Foundation to help research ways to improve access to theater (and other events) through MARTA. In a press release, the theater company said that the gift will help it “research...
The imperishable Lucy Kiser Emerson
 My mother, Lucy Kiser Emerson, has given me many things. Adequate table manners. Also, “Walkin’ ” by Miles Davis, a Gibson mandolin and Handel’s “Messiah.” We’ve kicked off our last seven Christmas seasons standing together in St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, terrified, singing sixteenth-note...

Posted: 13 days ago

My mother, Lucy Kiser Emerson, has given me many things. Adequate table manners. Also, “Walkin’ ” by Miles Davis, a Gibson mandolin and Handel’s “Messiah.” We’ve kicked off our last seven Christmas seasons standing together in St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, terrified, singing sixteenth-note...
Mother knows best: advice from Mom on Mother’s Day
 “God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.” — Rudyard Kipling Here, at the begining of Mother’s Day weekend, your mother has some advice for you. So stand up straight and stop fidgeting. We’ve gathered these tidbits from people around Atlanta (and elsewhere) who have mothers. Some are celebrity...

Posted: 13 days ago

“God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.” — Rudyard Kipling Here, at the begining of Mother’s Day weekend, your mother has some advice for you. So stand up straight and stop fidgeting. We’ve gathered these tidbits from people around Atlanta (and elsewhere) who have mothers. Some are celebrity...
High Museum picks Kevin W. Tucker as new chief curator
 Kevin W. Tucker, former senior curator of decorative arts and design at the Dallas Museum of Art, will be the new chief curator at the High Museum of Art, the High announced Wednesday morning. He will direct the High’s curatorial program and oversee installation, interpretation, research and development of the permanent collection...

Posted: 14 days ago

Kevin W. Tucker, former senior curator of decorative arts and design at the Dallas Museum of Art, will be the new chief curator at the High Museum of Art, the High announced Wednesday morning. He will direct the High’s curatorial program and oversee installation, interpretation, research and development of the permanent collection...
Emerson, new Sumatran tiger, arrives at Zoo Atlanta
 Zoo Atlanta welcomes a new boss. Emerson is a 10-year-old male Sumatran tiger recently arrived from the Jackson Zoo in Mississippi. Professionals working with the Tiger Species Survival Plan expect him to breed with Chelsea, the Zoo’s 13-year-old female Sumatran tiger. It’s not clear whether anyone has told Chelsea about...

Posted: 15 days ago

Zoo Atlanta welcomes a new boss. Emerson is a 10-year-old male Sumatran tiger recently arrived from the Jackson Zoo in Mississippi. Professionals working with the Tiger Species Survival Plan expect him to breed with Chelsea, the Zoo’s 13-year-old female Sumatran tiger. It’s not clear whether anyone has told Chelsea about...
‘Celebrating Nurses’ winner gets a surprise during ceremony
 Cheryl Wagnon knew that something good would be happening on Tuesday. The Cobb County Schools employee planned to attend a luncheon in her honor at the Cobb Galleria, where she would be acknowledged for her work as a special education nurse. But there was one part of the ceremony that came as a surprise: Who was that young person bringing...

Posted: 15 days ago

Cheryl Wagnon knew that something good would be happening on Tuesday. The Cobb County Schools employee planned to attend a luncheon in her honor at the Cobb Galleria, where she would be acknowledged for her work as a special education nurse. But there was one part of the ceremony that came as a surprise: Who was that young person bringing...
Mother’s Day freebies: things to do around Atlanta
 We know you want to shower Mom with gifts but you’re broke. No worries. We’ve got eight free excursions for you and Mom (and one excellent deal) over Mother’s Day weekend. Don’t thank us. Thank Mom. Some 10,000 visitors are expected at the eighth annual Smoke on the Lake BBQ Festival in Acworth over Mother&rsquo...

Posted: 16 days ago

We know you want to shower Mom with gifts but you’re broke. No worries. We’ve got eight free excursions for you and Mom (and one excellent deal) over Mother’s Day weekend. Don’t thank us. Thank Mom. Some 10,000 visitors are expected at the eighth annual Smoke on the Lake BBQ Festival in Acworth over Mother&rsquo...