“Of course I’m a publicity hound. Aren’t all crusaders? How can
you accomplish anything unless people know what you are try-
ing to do?—Vivien Kellems, quoted in Reader’s Digest, October
June 7, 1896–January 25, 1975
VIVIEN KELLEMS was convinced the weight was falling off her. In the anxious two and a half hours she waited for the jury to deliberate on her case against the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), she lost two and a half pounds, she later claimed.
It was nearly 2.30pm on January 25, 1951, when word spread that the jury in New Haven’s Federal District Court was ready to be seated. Everybody filed in and the clerk of the court asked: “Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, have you agreed upon a verdict?”
The foreman replied that they had and handed a piece of paper to the clerk, who read it without expression before handing it on to the