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

‘Star Wars’ live, in Technicolor sound, with the Atlanta Symphony
 If you’ve been waiting for the chance for you or your children to see the original “Star Wars” on the big screen, if you’ve wanted to hear the “greatest American film score of all time” performed by a live orchestra, this week you’re in luck. The 1977 film, also called “Episode IV: A New Hope...

Posted: a day ago

If you’ve been waiting for the chance for you or your children to see the original “Star Wars” on the big screen, if you’ve wanted to hear the “greatest American film score of all time” performed by a live orchestra, this week you’re in luck. The 1977 film, also called “Episode IV: A New Hope...
Atlantan enhances art of the Games, trading athletics for paintbrush
 The Olympic athletes currently gathered in Pyeongchang, South Korea, have mastered many physical skills, but few of them are adept with acrylics. Atlantan Roald Bradstock, an athlete and an artist, is an exception. He’s easy to spot in the Gangneung Olympic Village. First of all, he’s 55, and many of the athletes here are the...

Posted: a day ago

The Olympic athletes currently gathered in Pyeongchang, South Korea, have mastered many physical skills, but few of them are adept with acrylics. Atlantan Roald Bradstock, an athlete and an artist, is an exception. He’s easy to spot in the Gangneung Olympic Village. First of all, he’s 55, and many of the athletes here are the...
Looking back: Our coverage of Billy Graham’s last crusade
 New York —- In his early days, evangelist Billy Graham roamed the stage, delivering his well-practiced homilies in staccato bursts that outpaced stenographers. Author William Martin described him as “God’s Gatling Gun.” Friday evening in New York City, Graham, 86, spoke in slow, measured tones, and he used a walker...

Posted: a day ago

New York —- In his early days, evangelist Billy Graham roamed the stage, delivering his well-practiced homilies in staccato bursts that outpaced stenographers. Author William Martin described him as “God’s Gatling Gun.” Friday evening in New York City, Graham, 86, spoke in slow, measured tones, and he used a walker...
When Billy Graham preached his last crusade
 When Billy Graham preached his last Crusade, he was already old. God wouldn’t call him home for another 13 years, but time was taking its toll. At 86, the man who once stalked national stages like a prize-fighter in the ring, used a walker to make his way slowly to the lectern. The AJC was there to see that Graham’s charisma...

Posted: a day ago

When Billy Graham preached his last Crusade, he was already old. God wouldn’t call him home for another 13 years, but time was taking its toll. At 86, the man who once stalked national stages like a prize-fighter in the ring, used a walker to make his way slowly to the lectern. The AJC was there to see that Graham’s charisma...
Who is Marjory Stoneman Douglas?
 After Wednesday, Feb. 14, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, a suburb of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., would be forever associated with one of the deadliest mass school shootings in U.S. history. Until that time, it was known as the namesake of one of South Florida’s most colorful environmentalists. Marjory Stoneman Douglas...

Posted: 6 days ago

After Wednesday, Feb. 14, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, a suburb of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., would be forever associated with one of the deadliest mass school shootings in U.S. history. Until that time, it was known as the namesake of one of South Florida’s most colorful environmentalists. Marjory Stoneman Douglas...
What to say to your children about Florida shootings
 Children are deluged with media reports on the school shootings in Florida. When they have questions for their parents, it’s important that parents know how to respond. To start with, Grant Rivera, superintendent of Marietta City Schools, warned parents to be aware of how much news their children are watching: “For younger children...

Posted: 7 days ago

Children are deluged with media reports on the school shootings in Florida. When they have questions for their parents, it’s important that parents know how to respond. To start with, Grant Rivera, superintendent of Marietta City Schools, warned parents to be aware of how much news their children are watching: “For younger children...
Like amorous country cousins, city peregrine falcons also thriving
 Valentine’s Day sight-seers have been checking out a pair of Peregrine falcons, indulging in mating displays, high in the air above Tallulah Gorge. But sharp-eyed Atlantans might catch a similar lovey-dovey Peregrine couple closer to home. A pair of the fleet falcons has been spotted this year sporting in the air above the Four...

Posted: 8 days ago

Valentine’s Day sight-seers have been checking out a pair of Peregrine falcons, indulging in mating displays, high in the air above Tallulah Gorge. But sharp-eyed Atlantans might catch a similar lovey-dovey Peregrine couple closer to home. A pair of the fleet falcons has been spotted this year sporting in the air above the Four...
Atlanta Botanical Garden Flower Show continues 30-year tradition
 Apologies to T.S. Eliot, but Atlanta thinks February is the cruelest month. It’s a long, muddy slog to spring, and it can’t get out of the way quickly enough. For decades, the Atlanta Flower Show (and then the Southeastern Flower Show), held every February, served as an indoor oasis of green in the middle of the gray, giving gardeners...

Posted: 8 days ago

Apologies to T.S. Eliot, but Atlanta thinks February is the cruelest month. It’s a long, muddy slog to spring, and it can’t get out of the way quickly enough. For decades, the Atlanta Flower Show (and then the Southeastern Flower Show), held every February, served as an indoor oasis of green in the middle of the gray, giving gardeners...
Which Georgia arts groups won NEA grants?
 Bringing “Angels” to Atlanta; making the BeltLine shine; giving female convicts (and ex-cons) a chance to create; introducing the Addams Family to Dunwoody; these are some of this year’s cultural events that will be supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. The federal program supports the arts all...

Posted: 12 days ago

Bringing “Angels” to Atlanta; making the BeltLine shine; giving female convicts (and ex-cons) a chance to create; introducing the Addams Family to Dunwoody; these are some of this year’s cultural events that will be supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. The federal program supports the arts all...
Amy Sherald, Columbus native, unveils her portrait of Michelle Obama
 Last year, the fortunes of artist Amy Sherald, a Columbus, Ga., native and a fine arts graduate of Clark Atlanta University, took a sharp turn upward. In October, she was chosen to paint the official portrait of former first lady Michelle Obama, a painting that will hang in the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. The painting was...

Posted: 14 days ago

Last year, the fortunes of artist Amy Sherald, a Columbus, Ga., native and a fine arts graduate of Clark Atlanta University, took a sharp turn upward. In October, she was chosen to paint the official portrait of former first lady Michelle Obama, a painting that will hang in the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. The painting was...
Lost Johnny Mercer tunes come to life courtesy of GSU music program
 Johnny Mercer, the Bard of Savannah, wrote or co-wrote perhaps 1,500 songs, including such standards as “Hooray for Hollywood,” “Moon River” and “Blues in the Night.” But he never mastered the art of musical notation. He didn’t need to. He was mostly a lyricist. On those songs for which he wrote both...

Posted: 15 days ago

Johnny Mercer, the Bard of Savannah, wrote or co-wrote perhaps 1,500 songs, including such standards as “Hooray for Hollywood,” “Moon River” and “Blues in the Night.” But he never mastered the art of musical notation. He didn’t need to. He was mostly a lyricist. On those songs for which he wrote both...