Meet the man behind the Boston Yeti’s mask

After shrouding his identity in secrecy for nearly a year, the man behind the Boston Yeti mask revealed himself in an interview with The Improper Bostonian, finally putting an end to the mystery that kept Boston lying awake at night throughout the winter of 2015.

The man who earned international attention for gleefully running around snow-covered Boston in a yeti costume last winter has come forward as John Campopiano, a 30-year-old from Somerville who works as a digital records manager and archivist for WGBH-TV’s “Frontline.” He said he’s seen the yeti’s image used in ads and watched drunk copycats parade around in similar costumes, all which pushed him to come forward and stake his claim as the original Boston Yeti.

“The motivation for wanting to come forward is wanting to put my own stamp on it and feeling a little protective of it,” Campopiano told the Improper.

Campopiano donned the suit publicly for the first time this season last night at the Brattle Theatre for a screening of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
Even though the mystery that propelled Compopiano to anonymous fame is gone, he told the Improper that the yeti will continue his antics through the coming winter—especially now that he can take the suit out and get it dry cleaned.

“Just because I’m coming forward doesn’t mean he goes away,” he told the Improper.

Read the full Improper interview here.

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