More research finds that Craig actually patented his design of the Blaster Beam in 1984. He filed for the patent in 1982.
I can only speculate that neither Lazelle or Lupica minded. Or that Lazelle was no longer alive, and Lupica didn't wish to pursue the issue. As the patent was granted, it now stands to reason how Craig came to be known as the inventor of the instrument.
Many years ago Craig (then Hundley) asked me to take a look at an instrument called The Cosmic Beam played by a fellow named Francisco Lupica - I attended an open-air concert Mr. Lupica gave "somewhere" in Southern California ( Venice, IIRC ) and from a few brief glances at the instrument I knew I could build one.
So, with funding provided by Mr Hundley, I did
That instrument became Craig's Blaster Beam FWIW, I built and hand-wound the original pickup as well but apparently that part has been replaced
So, now you know a bit more of the story ...
Many thanks to Snowleopard and pj geerlings for this very interesting (to me, anyway!) information.
Hi. I really, really wanted the Beam Blaster sound in my music. I tried allll kinds of different soft synths, and then I realized that the only real way to play this instrument is to really play this instrument. So, I built an 8 foot version that turns out to produce the typical Beam Blaster sounds while also functioning as an 8 foot long bass lap steel. Below are links to it's facebook page and the first set of audio samples on youtube.