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State of the Union guests

A look at some of the guests honored at the annual State of the Union address since President Ronald Reagan introduced the practice in 1982.

 
 

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Lenny Skutnik was the first guest to be recognized during a State of the Union address. President Ronald Reagan's shout-out turned Skutnik's name into a term used to describe individuals invited to sit in the gallery during the speech. Skutnik was recognized for saving the life of a passenger after Air Florida Flight 90 crashed into the Potomac River in 1982.


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