Arthur Jones with some of his pets

About the book

In June of 2019 I published my biography of the Nautilus years.  The book, "Nautilus: The Lost Empire of Arthur Jones" is available on Amazon.  On my Amazon Author Page you will also find links to other books I have published.

I wrote most of the Nautilus bio a number of years ago; however it took me a long time to be willing to publish it.  The bio is my view of the progress of Nautilus; from its' birth until Arthur sold it.  Arthur created an Empire with Nautilus; however he was a reluctant Emperor, preferring to spend a majority of his time and money on other interests.  Read my bio for an inside view of Nautilus; an Empire that was lost in the search for Younger Women, Faster Airplanes and Bigger Crocodiles.

Note:  The photos in this section were not taken by me.  After Arthur died, I found these at his house.


I have had several people ask me, so I will ask you the reader:

1)  Would you like me to write a book about the MedX years?

2)  Would you like me to write a book about the years BEFORE Nautilus?

Please E-mail me and let me know if you are interested in either or both books.  I do not promise that I will write either of these, however before I even consider starting the process, I need to know if there is enough interest to justify the time required to produce these.

Thank you,

William Edgar Jones

my eulogy for arthur jones

I delivered this Eulogy for Arthur at the Ballroom of the Jumbolair Estate.

On behalf of myself and my family, I would first like to thank everyone for coming. Some of you have traveled a long distance to pay your respects to Arthur, and we greatly appreciate your being with us today.

This building was built as a forum for Arthur, and in it he spoke many times, while I never did until today. His voice will no longer be heard, and it has fallen upon me to speak one last time in his memory.

Arthur was born in Arkansas in 1926, just a few years before the great depression. Soon after his birth the family moved to Oklahoma, where he spent most of his childhood. His father was a doctor, and young Arthur read his father’s collection of medical books, acquiring knowledge that he would use throughout his life. He ran away from home at a young age and rode the rails, living out a hard existence. In 1941, when Pearl Harbor was bombed, Arthur lied about his age so he could join the Navy, where he served during World War 2. This was the only aspect of his life that he would never discuss.

After the war Arthur returned to his varied interests in aviation, bodybuilding, movie making and wild animals, making his living for a while importing animals from South America, Mexico and Africa. At the same time he produced movies and television shows about his exploits in these exotic locations.

Arthur used his intelligence and creativity to invent many things before Nautilus and MedX, inventions in both aviation and photography. He had a need, the tool to satisfy the need did not exist, so he created it. To him a simple but necessary process. As he said, “Function dictates design.” A simple saying, yet an ability to achieve that far exceeds the reach of most people.

During all this time he also continued to work on exercise equipment, which finally led to the development of Nautilus equipment in the late 1960’s. It was for this invention that Arthur because most famous.

Arthur was a tireless worker, and at times it seemed that he never slept. He was driven to succeed. He would work on any day, at any time, long hours without rest. He expected nothing less than perfection from himself and those around him, and he strove to achieve it.

The world knew Arthur as a showman, as I called him “The P. T. Barnum of Exercise.” Yet unlike P. T. Barnum he was not out to “fleece the suckers,” instead he strove to inform and instruct people of the knowledge he had acquired about exercise and physiology, plus numerous other fields of study. Another favorite saying of his was “Specialization is for insects,” and Arthur’s vast knowledge in varied subjects was obvious to all. He would not suffer a fool, however, and did not hesitate to let someone know they were such.

There are many things that could be said about the public side of Arthur, yet there was another side, he was also a husband and father. Arthur was married six times, and he is survived by at least three wives; Eva, the mother of my older brother Gary, my sister Eva, and myself; Eliza, who was married to Arthur during the early years of Nautilus; and Terri, Arthur’s next to last wife. One wife, Inge, predeceased Arthur by three years.

I had the honor and privilege of being one of his children. He expected a lot from us, and gave us all a lot in return. As a father he taught me many things, perhaps not always in the conventional manner, yet they were valuable lessons in honesty, integrity and hard work. To me he was a great man for two reasons, both for his public contributions, but mostly because he was my father, and a man could not have asked for a better one. He is missed and can never be replaced. The world has lost a great man, but my loss is worse, for I have lost a great father.

Goodbye, dad.

Arthurisms: Things he use to say

#1:  About Divorce Settlements:

The fucking you get for the fucking you got.

#2:  About Aging:

Have you noticed that the quality of mirrors has gone down in recent years?

#3:  About Life In General:

Life isn't one thing after another.  It's the same damn thing over and over again.

#4:  About Guns:

A gun is like a tourniquet; you hope you never need one.  But if you do, you need it NOW!

#5:  His Classic Telegram:

Fuck you!  Strong letter to follow.