They said that that was why he was shy, kind of reclusive — he worked his corn field, but never seemed to go anywhere.
Was it the lightning that changed him? According to this article in Arts Technica,
The changes in personality and mood that survivors experience, sometimes with severe bouts of depression as well, can strain families and marriages, sometimes to breaking point. Cooper likes to use the analogy that lightning rewires the brain in much the same way that an electrical shock can scramble a computer—the exterior appears unharmed, but the software within that controls its functioning is damaged.It's a fascinating article both on the mechanics of lightning and what happens to survivors of lightning strikes.
Some quick Internet research turned up differing answers as to which U.S. states have the most lightning strikes.
Some say Florida is number one; others say Texas. New Mexico makes the top ten.