The room was packed, but you still could hear a pin drop. And although hardly the stuff of a fire-and-brimstone sermon from a revivalist minister, the couple hundred who turned out at a recent Society of Automotive Analyst luncheon to hear what Jerry York had to say about General Motors seemed to hang on every word just the same. York currently serves as advisor to billionaire investor Kirk Kerkorian, who now holds a 7.8% stake in GM and is pressing for more aggressive management action ...

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