Bruce Springsteen Falls on Stage, Band and Crew Rush to Help

One of his biggest hits is “Tougher Than the Rest”, and Bruce Springsteen proved his resilience on stage on May 25, 2023.

During a concert with The E Street Band at the Johan Cruijff Arena in Amsterdam, the 73-old rocker took a tumble while climbing a flight of stairs as the band launched into the hit song “Ghosts.” Bruce Springsteen falls to the stage. The singer and his guitar crashed to the ground, and he lay prone on the stage for several seconds as band members and the audience gasped in shock.

The Boss Laughs Off His Fall

Fortunately, crew members helped the singer back to his feet. He smiled to the audience with a mix of relief and embarrassment, shouted, “Good night, everybody!” and the concert joyously resumed.

The accident turned out to be no big deal, but it’s one more example of how a fall can happen to anyone at any time. Falling is a common cause of injury among older Americans, resulting in over 8 million trips to the emergency room for nonfatal injuries.

Of course, a fall can take place at home, while away, or – in Springsteen’s case – while entertaining a stadium full of adoring fans. There are many ways to make your home safer or to take steps to be ready in case of an emergency while on vacation.

In the event of a fall or an injury, an emergency room visit might be necessary. Even if there’s no external injury, you want to be sure there’s no internal bleeding or trauma, especially if you’ve hit your head.

But you weren’t – pardon the pun – born to run up an expensive bill for emergency medical transportation. Getting a Medical Air Services Association (MASA) plan can prove to be one of the smartest things you ever do. If you require emergency medical transportation, an ambulance ride or air emergency transportation can cost thousands. With a MASA plan, you can focus on healing from your injury and not worry about the unexpected expense of your ride. MASA is available through NCRGEA and AMBA. Learn more by visiting or call 877-290-3170.

Who Was the First Woman Dentist?

Today, many prominent dental professionals are female. That wasn’t always the case. In fact, it wasn’t until 1866 that the first woman earned the title of Doctor of Dental Surgery. That honorific belongs to Lucy Beaman Hobbs, the very first licensed female dentist.

Becoming the First Woman Dentist

Hobbs was born in New York on March 14, 1833. When she was 12, she obtained a job as a seamstress to support her siblings. Four years later, she moved to Michigan and spent ten years as a teacher. During this time, she boarded with a physician and became interested in medicine.

In 1859, she moved to Cincinnati, Ohio and applied to medical school at Eclectic Medical College. Hobbs was rejected because of her gender, but a teacher from Eclectic was impressed with her so let her study privately under his supervision. Eventually, they decided she should consider dentistry.

Hobbs applied to the Ohio College of Dentistry. Once again, she was rejected because she was a woman. She began a private program of study with a professor from the school, Jonathan Taft.  Hobbs applied once more to the dentistry program and was refused admittance yet again. As a response, she opened her own office, allowing her to practice dentistry without having to obtain a diploma – a common practice at the time.

An Untraditional Path to a Degree

Hobbs opened her practice in 1861 in Iowa. Within three years, she had developed a strong reputation, and her dental office was profitable. In 1865, the Iowa State Dental Society let Hobbs become a member, stating, “The profession has nothing in its pursuits foreign to the instincts of women.”

In addition to admitting Hobbs to the organization, the Iowa State Dental Society convinced the Ohio College of Dental Surgery to open its doors to Hobbs and let her attend as a student. The College recognized her successful years of practice and only made her attend a single session. She graduated in 1866, becoming the first woman to become a licensed dentist.

Eventually, Hobbs began a dental practice in Chicago and married a Civil War veteran named James M. Taylor. Hobbs taught her husband dentistry and the two eventually created a practice together in Lawrence, Kansas.

Hobbs continued practicing dentistry throughout her life while also regularly participating in Women’s Right campaigns. She was still practicing dentistry at the time of her death at age 77.

The Legacy of Lucy Hobbs Taylor

In 1983, the American Association of Women Dentists honored her by establishing the Lucy Hobbs Taylor Award. The award is presented annually to AAWD members in recognition of professional excellence and achievements in advancing the role of women in dentistry.

Today, there are tens of thousands of excellent female dental professionals. Many are in-network with the Dental Plan available from NCRGEA and AMBA. This plan covers everything from routine checkups and cleanings to procedures like fillings, crowns, dentures, and more. Best of all, our Dental Plan coverage begins right away, with NO WAITING PERIOD. Sign up now at or call 866-979-0497.