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

Varsity memories: 90 years of ‘what’ll ya have?’
 Get yourself a walking dog, a bag of rags and settle down. We’re going to talk about The Varsity’s 90th birthday. When did you first hear “What’ll ya have?” What are your Varsity family traditions? Do you remember football Saturdays, Flossie Mae’s hats, night-time hungries? Send your favorite Varsity memories...

Posted: 21 hours ago

Get yourself a walking dog, a bag of rags and settle down. We’re going to talk about The Varsity’s 90th birthday. When did you first hear “What’ll ya have?” What are your Varsity family traditions? Do you remember football Saturdays, Flossie Mae’s hats, night-time hungries? Send your favorite Varsity memories...
Atlanta History Center: a lesson in swampy southern music
 The Swampers, the legendary rhythm section from FAME studios, were celebrated by rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd in their 1974 song “Sweet Home Alabama.” They not only played on 500 albums—75 of them gold and platinum—but they typified a sound that would draw the world to the tiny North Alabama crossroads called Muscle Shoals...

Posted: a day ago

The Swampers, the legendary rhythm section from FAME studios, were celebrated by rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd in their 1974 song “Sweet Home Alabama.” They not only played on 500 albums—75 of them gold and platinum—but they typified a sound that would draw the world to the tiny North Alabama crossroads called Muscle Shoals...
Atlanta History Center: a lesson in swampy southern music
 The Swampers, the legendary rhythm section from FAME studios, were celebrated by rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd in their 1974 song “Sweet Home Alabama.” They not only played on 500 albums—75 of them gold and platinum—but they typified a sound that would draw the world to the tiny North Alabama crossroads called Muscle Shoals...

Posted: a day ago

The Swampers, the legendary rhythm section from FAME studios, were celebrated by rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd in their 1974 song “Sweet Home Alabama.” They not only played on 500 albums—75 of them gold and platinum—but they typified a sound that would draw the world to the tiny North Alabama crossroads called Muscle Shoals...
Getting into the BB&T Open, July 21-29
 The BB&T Atlanta Open begins this weekend, bringing tournament tennis to Midtown Atlanta and bringing University of Georgia grad John Isner back to the Peach State. In addition to Isner’s return, the ATP World Tour event will offer a rematch between the two finalists from the 2017 U.S. Open, Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys,  in...

Posted: a day ago

The BB&T Atlanta Open begins this weekend, bringing tournament tennis to Midtown Atlanta and bringing University of Georgia grad John Isner back to the Peach State. In addition to Isner’s return, the ATP World Tour event will offer a rematch between the two finalists from the 2017 U.S. Open, Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys, in...
Single malts, Johnny Cash and a killer unicorn: things to do in Atlanta on Thursday, July 19
 Your Thursday will probably include humidity, if not thunderstorms. Here are a few ways to stay crisp. RING OF FIRE: THE MUSIC OF JOHNNY CASH, AT THE GEORGIA ENSEMBLE THEATRE Warm your soul with the classics. The music of the late great Man in Black will echo off the river when the Georgia Ensemble Theatre performs “Ring of Fire: The...

Posted: 2 days ago

Your Thursday will probably include humidity, if not thunderstorms. Here are a few ways to stay crisp. RING OF FIRE: THE MUSIC OF JOHNNY CASH, AT THE GEORGIA ENSEMBLE THEATRE Warm your soul with the classics. The music of the late great Man in Black will echo off the river when the Georgia Ensemble Theatre performs “Ring of Fire: The...
Dragon Con promises a ‘Stranger’ Labor Day
 Expect a “Stranger” Dragon Con this year. Stars from “Stranger Things” will be among the many celebrity guests at Dragon Con 2018, the enormous pop culture convention taking place in downtown Atlanta from Aug. 31-Sept. 3. There will be 400 personalities from the worlds of science fiction and fantasy appearing...

Posted: 3 days ago

Expect a “Stranger” Dragon Con this year. Stars from “Stranger Things” will be among the many celebrity guests at Dragon Con 2018, the enormous pop culture convention taking place in downtown Atlanta from Aug. 31-Sept. 3. There will be 400 personalities from the worlds of science fiction and fantasy appearing...
Appalachian speed-hiker celebrated in movie
 Ultramarathoner Karl Meltzer, who speed-hiked the Appalachian Trail with the help of beer and bacon, is celebrated in a new movie, “Karl Meltzer: Made to be Broken.” Available for free, and streaming on Netflix, the movie follows the ups and downs of Melter’s ridiculously fast jaunt from Maine to Georgia, which he completed...

Posted: 7 days ago

Ultramarathoner Karl Meltzer, who speed-hiked the Appalachian Trail with the help of beer and bacon, is celebrated in a new movie, “Karl Meltzer: Made to be Broken.” Available for free, and streaming on Netflix, the movie follows the ups and downs of Melter’s ridiculously fast jaunt from Maine to Georgia, which he completed...
Architectural gem rescued by Madison conservancy
 Last year the Foster-Thomason-Miller House in Madison, Ga., was listed among Georgia’s Top 10 historic structures in peril by the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation. A gorgeous example of the Aesthetic Movement, the 1883 house went through a brilliant renovation in the 1980s, only to have its pretty face spoiled by fire...

Posted: 8 days ago

Last year the Foster-Thomason-Miller House in Madison, Ga., was listed among Georgia’s Top 10 historic structures in peril by the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation. A gorgeous example of the Aesthetic Movement, the 1883 house went through a brilliant renovation in the 1980s, only to have its pretty face spoiled by fire...
The taste of India in a frosty treat
 Neuro-anatomy tells us that the olfactory bulb, which starts inside the nose and runs along the bottom of the brain, is directly connected to the limbic system, triggering memories and emotions with great immediacy. That’s why Proust’s tiny almond-scented sponge cake gave rise to seven volumes of “Remembrance of Things Past...

Posted: 9 days ago

Neuro-anatomy tells us that the olfactory bulb, which starts inside the nose and runs along the bottom of the brain, is directly connected to the limbic system, triggering memories and emotions with great immediacy. That’s why Proust’s tiny almond-scented sponge cake gave rise to seven volumes of “Remembrance of Things Past...
Things to do in and around Atlanta for Thursday, July 12
 We’re deep into summer now, and one day away from a bad luck Friday, so enjoy your Thursday before hunkering down and avoiding mirrors, black cats and cracks in the sidewalk. May we suggest celebrating today’s brief respite from rising temperatures with some theater, some music and a little free outdoor cinema? ‘ENCHANTED...

Posted: 9 days ago

We’re deep into summer now, and one day away from a bad luck Friday, so enjoy your Thursday before hunkering down and avoiding mirrors, black cats and cracks in the sidewalk. May we suggest celebrating today’s brief respite from rising temperatures with some theater, some music and a little free outdoor cinema? ‘ENCHANTED...