Leon Varjian, known for UW-Madison pranks, dies at 64
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The man behind such famous Madison pranks as the 1,000 pink flamingos on Bascom Hill and the Statue of Liberty head on frozen Lake Mendota has died.
A relative says Leon Varjian was found dead at his home in Wood-Ridge, New Jersey, on Tuesday. He was 64.
Varjian was a longtime mathematics teacher at Midland Park High School in New Jersey. His cousin, Barbara Sabonjian, tells the Wisconsin State Journal that Varjian did not show up for work Tuesday and was found dead by police at home. She says a heart attack is suspected.
Varjian was a noted prankster at UW-Madison for several years in the late 1970s and early `80s. He took one-credit classes to remain eligible for the Wisconsin Student Association, the UW student government.