I purchased VariEZE plans during my visit to EAA's Oshkosh Home-built Aircraft Convention in July of 1976; and proceeded to build the canard.  In 1978 I upgraded to LongEZ plans because the LongEZ was longer, wider and a better cross-country plane than the the VariEZE.  Fortunately, by trimming a couple inches off of each end of my, already built VariEZE canard, it became interchangeable with the new LongEZ canard!