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Financial Literacy - College funding
On college financing
Celebrities speak out
Smart ways to pay for college
Carl St. Clair
Michael Connelly
Al Franken
Mike Greenberg
Brad Meltzer
Ian Rankin
Nicholas Sparks
Celebrity Q&A
Who: Michael Connelly
Author (Harry Bosch mysteries, "Blood Work")
Fame & Fortune Q&A:
Bankrate: You worked all during high school, didn't you?
Michael Connelly: Yes, I worked on and off at (Fort Lauderdale, Fla., marina) Bahia Mar and another hotel on the beach. All through high school I worked at Publix, bagging groceries and stocking shelves. I don't think I was ever without a job.
Bankrate: How did you spend the money you made?
Michael Connelly: In high school, I used to buy Volkswagens and fix them up and sell them for a profit. Through high school, I must have done that eight or 10 times. I was no Donald Trump, but I saved my money and did some pretty good stuff with it.
Bankrate: Did you put some away for college?
Michael Connelly: Yes, some of it. I was the second of six kids, so as the second one going through, I did not empty the coffer. My fifth and sixth siblings I feel bad for because they worked all through college. I was actually a waiter for a couple of years while going through college.
Lesson learned: 
Money earned while in high school can help with college tuition.
Read the entire interview with Michael Connelly.
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-- Posted: Sept. 17, 2007
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