Summer was never the holiday season for Madonna when she was growing up.

"When I was a little girl, I had to work in my father's vegetable garden every summer," Madonna says in Rolling Stone magazine."Basically, I was either put to work at my house, weeding and spraying insecticide, or we had to go to my grandparents' house in Pennsylvania, where we'd fix up the house and the yard all summer. I do not associate summer with fun and free time, not as a child."

Still, she prefers summer over winter.

"For one thing, I like the heat better than the cold - I still don't have air conditioning. I hate air conditioning. Because I don't like to be tricked. I want to know exactly how hot it is, and I'd rather just adapt to the heat because that's what we're supposed to do."



Birthdays: For Sunday, June 21

Actress Jane Russell 77

Actress Maureen Stapleton 73

Actress Meredith Baxter 51

Rocker Nils Lofgren 47

Singer Kathy Mattea 39

Prince William of Wales 16