F. Amadeo Giannini
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|F. Amadeo Giannini|
|Born||Francis Alfred Johnnene|
3 October 1898 
|Died||26 November 1973 (75)|
|Burial||6 December 1973|
River View Cemetery, Portland, Oregon
|Noted work(s)||Worlds Beyond the Poles (1959)|
Francis Armadeo Johnnene (October 3, 1898 - November 26, 1973), more commonly known by the name Francis Amadeo Giannini, was the author of a 1959 book entitled Worlds Beyond the Poles, in which he posits that the earth's poles extend into a continuous surface (as opposed to outer space), leading not so much upward or downward but across the perceived universe, a hypothesis he termed simply "Physical Continuum" or the Giannini Concept. In the simplest terms, Giannini argued that a bridge exists from the "South Pole of Earth to the North Pole of Mars, and from the North Pole of Earth to the South Pole of Venus," also connecting "Venus to Mercury, on the one hand, and Mars to Jupiter on the other."
- Giannini, F. Amadeo (1959), Worlds Beyond the Poles: Physical Continuity of the Universe, New York: Vantage Press, https://archive.org/details/WorldsBeyondThePolesPhysicalContinuityOfTheUniverseFinalWithAddedPages/ — compare: Books and Pamphlets, U.S. Catalog of Copyright Entries, Third Series, 1958: January - June 12:1, p. 320 (Washington, DC: Library of Congress, Copyright Office): "Johnnene, Francis Armadeo. Physical Continuity of the Universe and Worlds Beyond the Poles. F. Armadeo Giannini, pseud. Mack-Lang Printers. NM: compilation & editorial revision. © F. Armadeo Giannini. 7Apr58; A337920."
- AP (3 Aug. 1928), "Says Earth Is No Globe", Oakland Tribune: 35, https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/95887409/, "FRANCIS A. GIANNINI (left), youthful Boston philosopher, and CAPTAIN GEORGE WILKINS, polar aviator, at the Breakfast club in Los Angeles. Giannini believes the world stretches on through space past the poles. Wilkins will have a chance to test the theory when he takes his projected flight to the south pole."
- ST (18 Nov. 1928), "Fantastic Plan for a Trip to Mars: A Mystic Interplanetary Bridge Will Enable Man to Make the 'Hop,' Says This Young Magnate", Star Tribune (Minneapolis, Minn.): 68, https://www.newspapers.com/clip/119521108/fantastic-plan-for-a-trip-to-mars-a/
- Considine, Bob (29 Jan. 1947), "On the Line", Morning News (Wilmington, Delaware): 6, https://www.newspapers.com/clip/119521594/on-the-line-prof-francis-a-giannini/
- Giannini, F. Amadeo (30 Mar. 1947), "Can We Walk to Mars, Maybe Jupiter and the Other Planets and Stars? 'Road to Saturn' Beyond South Pole, Scientist Declares; Writer Says Byrd's Discoveries Indicate Universe Solid Link", St. Louis Globe Democrat (St. Louis, MO): 47, https://www.newspapers.com/clip/119550526/can-we-walk-to-mars-maybe-jupiter-and/
- Wilson, Herbert E. (4 Apr. 1947), "Giannini's Theory And Byrd Findings", Rock Island Argus (Rock Island, IL): 8, https://www.newspapers.com/clip/119550099/gianninis-theory-and-byrd-findings/
Sleep Walking Burglar (1930-1931)
Coverage of Giannini's arrest and conviction in Detroit, Michigan.
- "Finds Yale Graduate Guilty of Burglary, Kilpatrick Refers Case of 'Philosopher and Writer' to Psychopathic Ward", Detroit Free Press: 10, 3 Apr. 1930, https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/98016172/, "Graduate of Yale, lecturer, philosopher, scientist and magazine writer, Francis A. Giannini, 35 years old, was found guilty in recorder's court Wednesday of having been the 'sleep walking burglar' who robbed several Pallister and Seward end apartments. Judge Arthur W. Kilpatrick referred his case to the psychopathic and probation departments. According to the prosecution, Giannini prowled through apartments wearing a dressing gown and, if he aroused the occupants, he started, rubbed his eyes and generally acted as if just awakened. Then he would apologize for the intrusion, explaining that he was a somnambulist and 'guessed he had wandered out of his own apartment,' while asleep."
- "RELATIVITY EXPERT FOUND GUILTY OF BREAKING ENTERING.", Indiana Gazette (Indiana, Penn.): 6, 3 Apr. 1930, https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/19290953/, "Detroit, April 2. -- INS -- Francis A. Giannini, Yale graduate, and lecturer on relativity, astronomy, and polar exploration, and an author of scientific books, was found guilty of breaking and entering by a jury in Judge Arthur W. Kilpatrick's court yesterday. Giannini claims he is a cousin of A. P. Giannini, one of the country's most powerful bankers and head of the trans-American bank. He said he came here from Cleveland March 12 with only $75 in his pockets. 'I intended to get drunk and forget my troubles,' he told the jury, 'so I registered at a hotel under an assumed name, being afraid I would get in trouble.' Police said he broke into a tea room, and several rooms in a hotel, stealing small amounts of money. He was arrested immediately. 'I may have done those things,' Giannini said. 'I was too drunk to remember.'"
- "PAROLE IS GRANTED.", Battle Creek Enquirer (Battle Creek, MI): 11, 11 Jun. 1931, https://www.newspapers.com/clip/119520638/parole-is-granted/ — AP reports Francis Giannini was to be paroled 13 July 1931 after serving over a year of a 1.5-to-15 year sentence for breaking and entering.
Boozy Burglar (1932)
Coverage of Giannini's arrest and conviction in New York, New York.
- "BOSTON WRITER WANDERS IN HOTEL - Giannini Tells N.Y. Police He Was Jagged", Boston Globe: 6, 7 Jan. 1932, https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/431074128/, "NEW YORK, Jan 7. -- A.P. -- Francis A. Giannini, who said he was a writer and scientific research worker, and gave 16 Beacon St. Boston, as his address, said in the police lineup today he was intoxicated when he was caught wandering on an upper floor of the Hotel Plaza last night. He said he thought he was in the St. Moritz Hotel, which is near the Plaza on West 59th St. facing Central Park, and that he was looking for a [friend]. Police said, however, that no one by the name he gave or his friend was registered at either hotel. He admitted to police today he had been arrested under similar circumstances in a Detroit hotel, but said the case was dismissed. No trace of a Francis A. Giannini could be found today In any of the Boston city directories. The address, 16 Beacon St., which Giannani is said to have given New York police, is the former headquarters of the Unitarian Laymen's League and the Unitarian Foundation, Inc, but is now unoccupied."
- "Francis A. Giannini, 32, of 230 W. 101st St., sentenced for unlawful entry.", Daily News (New York, NY): 44, 7 May 1932, https://www.newspapers.com/clip/119550743/francis-a-giannini-32-of-230-w/
- "Play-Writing Wife Sued in Divorce Drama", Daily News (New York, NY): 427, 16 Dec. 1934, https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/417829240/, "T. Roger Mahon, 522 Fifth Ave., Mrs. [Leota Morgan] Boehm's attorney, produced evidence which purported to show that Giannini was an ex-convict and a fugitive from justice. Says He's Banker's Kin. In her affidavit, Mrs. Boehm said that Giannini was a man of many aliases, who posed as a Doctor of Philosophy from Harvard and a nephew of A. P. Giannini, the West Coast banker."
Cosmic Philosopher Arrested Again (1935)
Coverage of Giannini's arrest in Chicago, Illinois.
- "Cosmic Philosopher", Tipton Daily Tribune (Tipton, Ind.): 2, 15 Aug. 1935, https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/7815792/, "Chicago, Aug. 15 — Frank A. Giannini, who proudly identified himself as 'a cosmic philosopher,' was unable to provide $10,000 bond on a theft charge. 'Well, you're going to have a lot of time to practice your profession, then,' Judge George Porter said. Giannini went to jail."
Utah Burglary Conviction (1955)
- "Francis Armadeo Johnnene imprisoned on third degree burglary charge in Utah, 1955.", Salt Lake Tribune (Salt Lake City, UT): 22, 16 Jan. 1955, https://www.newspapers.com/clip/119551667/francis-armadeo-johnnene-imprisoned-on/
- Johnnene v. Graham, 138 F. Supp. 542 (D. Utah 1956), https://casetext.com/case/johnnene-v-graham