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

Georgia Aquarium among top U.S. attractions
 TripAdvisor, the online travel service, released its list of the top 25 attractions in the U.S., and the Georgia Aquarium was listed at No. 16. TripAdvisor wrote “With an 8% year-over-year increase in search activity, the Georgia Aquarium has proven to be a must-visit destination for travelers to Atlanta.” The TripAdvisor...

Posted: a day ago

TripAdvisor, the online travel service, released its list of the top 25 attractions in the U.S., and the Georgia Aquarium was listed at No. 16. TripAdvisor wrote “With an 8% year-over-year increase in search activity, the Georgia Aquarium has proven to be a must-visit destination for travelers to Atlanta.” The TripAdvisor...
Randy Newman’s ‘Dark’ and light side
 Randy Newman, who performs Friday at Symphony Hall, has something of a Jekyll-and-Hyde catalog. Back in 1972, he was the master of dark comedy, chuckling at nuclear annihilation with the song “Political Science.” Today, listeners know him for Disney sweetness and light, and such songs as “You’ve Got a Friend in...

Posted: a day ago

Randy Newman, who performs Friday at Symphony Hall, has something of a Jekyll-and-Hyde catalog. Back in 1972, he was the master of dark comedy, chuckling at nuclear annihilation with the song “Political Science.” Today, listeners know him for Disney sweetness and light, and such songs as “You’ve Got a Friend in...
Holiday lights enliven Atlanta Botanical Garden
 The popular holiday light show at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, “Garden Lights, Holidays Nights,” opens for business Saturday, Nov. 11, with a new wrinkle for its night-time visitors. A high-tech display called Nature’s Wonders incorporates a curtain of lights hanging from the treetops in the Storza Woods. The curtain...

Posted: 5 days ago

The popular holiday light show at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, “Garden Lights, Holidays Nights,” opens for business Saturday, Nov. 11, with a new wrinkle for its night-time visitors. A high-tech display called Nature’s Wonders incorporates a curtain of lights hanging from the treetops in the Storza Woods. The curtain...
Vietnam comes home: History Center exhibit highlights Atlanta veterans
 In 1969, arriving at Bien Hoa Air Base, South Vietnam, 1st Lt. James King of Griffin got a rude wake-up call. “Going across the tarmac there, I looked over and there was a C-141 Starlifter and they were loading coffins and body bags on board,” King told an interviewer. “And that is when reality hit, right there.” Atlanta&rsquo...

Posted: 6 days ago

In 1969, arriving at Bien Hoa Air Base, South Vietnam, 1st Lt. James King of Griffin got a rude wake-up call. “Going across the tarmac there, I looked over and there was a C-141 Starlifter and they were loading coffins and body bags on board,” King told an interviewer. “And that is when reality hit, right there.” Atlanta&rsquo...
Emerson, rare tiger at Zoo Atlanta, dies
 Emerson, a 10-year-old male Sumatran tiger and a member of one of the rarest big cat species in the world, has died at Zoo Atlanta. The tiger had been showing signs of lethargy and a declining appetite, zoo officials said Thursday in a statement. Veterinarians performed an emergency diagnostic exam Wednesday night in an effort to determine...

Posted: 7 days ago

Emerson, a 10-year-old male Sumatran tiger and a member of one of the rarest big cat species in the world, has died at Zoo Atlanta. The tiger had been showing signs of lethargy and a declining appetite, zoo officials said Thursday in a statement. Veterinarians performed an emergency diagnostic exam Wednesday night in an effort to determine...
Turner Classic Movies lets veterans pick lineup this weekend
 After Eric Hunter stepped on an IED in Afghanistan, medics gave him his life back. Problem was, he wasn’t sure he wanted it. The explosion destroyed his right leg and severely injured his left leg. He underwent more than 60 surgeries at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, as doctors worked to salvage what remained. “For three months...

Posted: 7 days ago

After Eric Hunter stepped on an IED in Afghanistan, medics gave him his life back. Problem was, he wasn’t sure he wanted it. The explosion destroyed his right leg and severely injured his left leg. He underwent more than 60 surgeries at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, as doctors worked to salvage what remained. “For three months...
Beluga calf’s death the latest in series of losses at Georgia Aquarium
 Hearts are grieving at the Georgia Aquarium. Qinu, the pregnant beluga whale, lost her calf on Tuesday. The 9-year-old, pale-skinned, arctic creature went into labor Tuesday morning, but experienced complications, according to a statement from the aquarium. The infant did not survive. “The position and shape of the calf prevented the...

Posted: 8 days ago

Hearts are grieving at the Georgia Aquarium. Qinu, the pregnant beluga whale, lost her calf on Tuesday. The 9-year-old, pale-skinned, arctic creature went into labor Tuesday morning, but experienced complications, according to a statement from the aquarium. The infant did not survive. “The position and shape of the calf prevented the...
A night for Monty Python fans: See John Cleese, ‘Holy Grail’
 John Cleese has put on a few pounds. Being 6-foot-5 makes it easier to disguise the padding, but his audience knows. The co-founder of Monty Python’s Flying Circus was accepting questions from his listeners at a recent solo performance (one of which will take place at Symphony Hall on Sunday) and one wag wanted to know “Is...

Posted: 8 days ago

John Cleese has put on a few pounds. Being 6-foot-5 makes it easier to disguise the padding, but his audience knows. The co-founder of Monty Python’s Flying Circus was accepting questions from his listeners at a recent solo performance (one of which will take place at Symphony Hall on Sunday) and one wag wanted to know “Is...
Harry Potter podcast offers discussion of life, death and magic
 Harry Potter has given us seven books, eight films, dinnerware, theme park attractions and many years of entertainment. Three folks at the Harvard Divinity School believe Harry can offer even more. Since 2016, they’ve been discussing the books in a podcast called “Harry Potter and the Sacred Text.” In the nerdy...

Posted: 16 days ago

Harry Potter has given us seven books, eight films, dinnerware, theme park attractions and many years of entertainment. Three folks at the Harvard Divinity School believe Harry can offer even more. Since 2016, they’ve been discussing the books in a podcast called “Harry Potter and the Sacred Text.” In the nerdy...
AJC Decatur Book Fest names Julie Wilson interim exec director
 The AJC Decatur Book Festival has named Julie Wilson interim executive director for 2018, replacing founding executive director Daren Wang. In August Wang announced he would leave his post. Wang nurtured a festival that, over 12 years, grew to attract 80,000 visitors each Labor Day weekend. Wilson was appointed program director...

Posted: 17 days ago

The AJC Decatur Book Festival has named Julie Wilson interim executive director for 2018, replacing founding executive director Daren Wang. In August Wang announced he would leave his post. Wang nurtured a festival that, over 12 years, grew to attract 80,000 visitors each Labor Day weekend. Wilson was appointed program director...
Shamba, one of the oldest gorillas in the US., dies at Zoo Atlanta
 Shamba, the oldest gorilla at Zoo Atlanta and one of the oldest gorillas in the United States, died Friday. Zoo personnel reported that Shamba was discovered unresponsive by her care team, and the decision was made to euthanize her. She was 58. “Shamba was an extraordinary individual, beloved by her care team and the Zoo Atlanta family...

Posted: 20 days ago

Shamba, the oldest gorilla at Zoo Atlanta and one of the oldest gorillas in the United States, died Friday. Zoo personnel reported that Shamba was discovered unresponsive by her care team, and the decision was made to euthanize her. She was 58. “Shamba was an extraordinary individual, beloved by her care team and the Zoo Atlanta family...