When Geneva had its last summit conference, 30 years ago, television was in its childhood in the United States and in its infancy elsewhere. There was not much demand for technical facilities. But 42 foreign television chains have asked the Swiss television network in Geneva for assistance in transmitting programs on this meeting.
Geneva, a beautifully lit city at night during the summer, usually turns dark when cool weather arrives. But the city government has decided to prolong the lighting for the summit, so that visitors at night can see such magnificent sights as the jet fountain that shoots water high above Lake Geneva; John Calvin's St. Pierre Cathedral, dominating the oldest quarter of the city, and the grand old hotels that rim the lake.
The jet fountain has become the symbol of Geneva to many visitors. The Tribune de Geneve, one of Geneva's four newspapers, ran a front-page cartoon Saturday showing Reagan and Gorbachav holding umbrellas to protect them from the spray of Geneva's famous fountain. "They are arriving," the headline said.