SPECIAL REPORT-For GM IPO, the government's a back-seat driver


GONE FISHING By the early summer of this year, there were increasing signs that "Big Ed" Whitacre was having less fun in his day job running GM. Whitacre, whose father had been a union-represented railroad engineer, had won points with then-UAW President Ron Gettelfinger for meeting him for breakfast at a diner just down the street from GM's headquarters. He liked to turn up unannounced at GM plants, often in jeans. At one point, he was turned away by a security guard who said he could ...

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