His first play, "We Bombed in New Haven," was given a premiere directed by Larry Arrick
at Yale Repertory in New Haven, CT, thereby opening the door for critic John Simon
's lead review sentence in New York Magazine: "'We Bombed in New Haven' bombed in New Haven last week."
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[on enjoying his time in the military] I was young, it was adventurous, there was much hoopla and glamour; in addition, and this too is hard to get across to college students today, for me and for most others, going into the army resulted immediately in a vast improvement in my standard of living.
Predicted, prior to the release of the Mike Nichols
film version of Catch-22
(1970), that if the film was a hit then he, Heller, would take the credit; if it was a flop, Nichols would take the blame.