"It always cracks me up that people take these things so seriously," Lambert told author Jim O'Brien in the early '80s. "So many times I've had someone tell me they were hesitant to approach me to ask for an autograph because they were afraid. Hey, I'm a person just like everyone else. I'm not a monster."
Hazel Montebell McCoy, like most other people in Worthington, had been warned. " 'Be careful,' they told me when meeting Lambert," she said. "But I see him hitting golf balls, so I took his picture. He yells at me, 'What are you doing, lady?' I tell him I'm taking his picture because I want to, and he says, 'OK.'