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

Vietnam mystery: Why did Cpl. Jimmy Jackson vanish?
 The mystery of Marine Lance Cpl. James W. Jackson Jr., who disappeared in Vietnam in 1969, is one of 1,600 unfinished stories from that era, but his story is the one that haunts Ron Martz. Martz, an educator, writer and former staffer at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, has been pursuing clues to Jackson’s disappearance since first...

Posted: a day ago

The mystery of Marine Lance Cpl. James W. Jackson Jr., who disappeared in Vietnam in 1969, is one of 1,600 unfinished stories from that era, but his story is the one that haunts Ron Martz. Martz, an educator, writer and former staffer at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, has been pursuing clues to Jackson’s disappearance since first...
Fall is apple-picking time
 Riding on a wagon tour of the dwarf apple trees in Mercier Orchards, we were struck by two things: One: you’re really in the mountains up here. Everything is either straight up or straight down. Two: You’ve never seen so much tasty growing directly out of the ground.

Posted: a day ago

Riding on a wagon tour of the dwarf apple trees in Mercier Orchards, we were struck by two things: One: you’re really in the mountains up here. Everything is either straight up or straight down. Two: You’ve never seen so much tasty growing directly out of the ground.
Zip line
Jason Beck, a zipline guide at Unicoi Aerial Adventure Park, leans back to accelerate as he crosses Smith Lake on the longest of Unicoi's ziplines.

Posted: a day ago

Jason Beck, a zipline guide at Unicoi Aerial Adventure Park, leans back to accelerate as he crosses Smith Lake on the longest of Unicoi's ziplines.
North Georgia Mountains: Waterfalls offer refreshing views
 A trail of waterfalls leads into the mountains of North Georgia. Those who seek the pleasant sound of splashing cataracts and the cool scent of positive ions know that many of these attractions are easy to find, easy to walk to.

Posted: 9 days ago

A trail of waterfalls leads into the mountains of North Georgia. Those who seek the pleasant sound of splashing cataracts and the cool scent of positive ions know that many of these attractions are easy to find, easy to walk to.
Practicing the art of fly fishing
 Twilight is descending on tiny Rock Creek Lake, a pond in the hills above Suches. Pink light hovers in the trees. The crickets trill. Barking frogs send up a serenade that sounds like a smoker’s cough. This mild North Georgia mountain evening should be a perfect night for fly fishing. And we’re in a good place. Rock Creek Lake...

Posted: 10 days ago

Twilight is descending on tiny Rock Creek Lake, a pond in the hills above Suches. Pink light hovers in the trees. The crickets trill. Barking frogs send up a serenade that sounds like a smoker’s cough. This mild North Georgia mountain evening should be a perfect night for fly fishing. And we’re in a good place. Rock Creek Lake...
Zoo Atlanta closes during storm
 Zoo Atlanta remains closed Tuesday as Atlanta cleans up from Hurricane Irma. Zoo officials said to  check the zoo’s website, zooatlanta.org for further information. Before the storm arrived, the animals were all given safe lodging. “The animals have all been secured in safe spaces, and a number of the animals who usually...

Posted: 11 days ago

Zoo Atlanta remains closed Tuesday as Atlanta cleans up from Hurricane Irma. Zoo officials said to check the zoo’s website, zooatlanta.org for further information. Before the storm arrived, the animals were all given safe lodging. “The animals have all been secured in safe spaces, and a number of the animals who usually...
Rash of panda birthdays at Zoo Atlanta more than you can bear?
 Fertility patterns have a lot to do with it, but there’s been a rash of panda birthdays at Zoo Atlanta. The twins, Xi Lun and Ya Lun, celebrated their first birthdays on Sept. 3, with a special ice cake made by King of Pops. Speaking of Pops, panda patriarch Yang Yang turns 20 on Saturday, Sept. 9. And his son, Mei Lan, the first...

Posted: 14 days ago

Fertility patterns have a lot to do with it, but there’s been a rash of panda birthdays at Zoo Atlanta. The twins, Xi Lun and Ya Lun, celebrated their first birthdays on Sept. 3, with a special ice cake made by King of Pops. Speaking of Pops, panda patriarch Yang Yang turns 20 on Saturday, Sept. 9. And his son, Mei Lan, the first...
Doc delays wedding, stays in hospital to help Harvey victims
 As his Buckhead church prepares for Hurricane Irma, the Very Rev. Sam G. Candler of Cathedral of St. Philip posted a proud note about his daughter, who postponed her wedding day to help Hurricane Harvey victims in Houston. Former Atlantan Dr. Sarah Candler, primary care physician of the Houston VA Medical Center, had scheduled her wedding...

Posted: 14 days ago

As his Buckhead church prepares for Hurricane Irma, the Very Rev. Sam G. Candler of Cathedral of St. Philip posted a proud note about his daughter, who postponed her wedding day to help Hurricane Harvey victims in Houston. Former Atlantan Dr. Sarah Candler, primary care physician of the Houston VA Medical Center, had scheduled her wedding...
Atlanta Ballet announces new company and new season
 Atlanta Ballet artistic director Gennadi Nedvigin has announced the 2017-2018 company roster and the company’s new season. This year’s team of 30 dancers includes 13 new members from companies around the world, such as Ballet Memphis, Boston Ballet, City Ballet of San Diego, Houston Ballet and Orlando Ballet. The ballet company...

Posted: 17 days ago

Atlanta Ballet artistic director Gennadi Nedvigin has announced the 2017-2018 company roster and the company’s new season. This year’s team of 30 dancers includes 13 new members from companies around the world, such as Ballet Memphis, Boston Ballet, City Ballet of San Diego, Houston Ballet and Orlando Ballet. The ballet company...
Wallace Shawn visits Dragon Con, and brings along his latest book
 Who is Wallace Shawn and why is he at Dragon Con? The diminutive actor with the elfin smile is perhaps best known (by the Dragon Con crowd) as Vizzini in “The Princess Bride,” uttering the meme-worthy “Inconceivable!” Some of his comic convention fans know him as the voice of Rex, the timid tyrannosaur in the...

Posted: 23 days ago

Who is Wallace Shawn and why is he at Dragon Con? The diminutive actor with the elfin smile is perhaps best known (by the Dragon Con crowd) as Vizzini in “The Princess Bride,” uttering the meme-worthy “Inconceivable!” Some of his comic convention fans know him as the voice of Rex, the timid tyrannosaur in the...
Alton Brown to appear at Dragon Con to announce new ‘Good Eats’
 Alton Brown has never guested at Dragon Con. The Marietta resident, guitarist, food show guru and aviation enthusiast hasn’t even been to Dragon Con as a fan since the 1990s (though he has guested at San Diego’s Comic-Con). But his puckish, visual humor (perfected as the creator of “Good Eats,” and the host...

Posted: 24 days ago

Alton Brown has never guested at Dragon Con. The Marietta resident, guitarist, food show guru and aviation enthusiast hasn’t even been to Dragon Con as a fan since the 1990s (though he has guested at San Diego’s Comic-Con). But his puckish, visual humor (perfected as the creator of “Good Eats,” and the host...