F. Amadeo Giannini

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F. Amadeo Giannini
Born Francis Alfred Johnnene
3 October 1898(1898-10-03) [1]
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Died 26 November 1973 (75)
Portland, Oregon
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."[2]

Selected Bibliography

Press Coverage



Background Research

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,, "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,, "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,  — 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.

Fugitive? (1934)

  • "Play-Writing Wife Sued in Divorce Drama", Daily News (New York, NY): 427, 16 Dec. 1934,, "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,, "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)