Charles David Wessell was born in Glen Cove, New York on August 27, 1962. He attended elementary school in Cairo and Greenfield, New York before moving to North Carolina in 1974 and graduating from Hillsborough's Orange High School in 1980.
After beginning his college education at the Georgia Institute of Technology, he transferred to North Carolina State University and received his bachelor's degree in Math Education in 1985, followed by a master's in Applied Math in 1989. In 1988, Chuck was captain of North Carolina State's national champion College Bowl team for which he was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, North Carolina's highest civilian honor.
In the labyrinth of the work world Chuck has been a math tutor, singing telegram delivery man, IBM software support person, flower delivery man, high school teacher, bookseller, shopkeeper, and community college math instructor.
Chuck's athletic feats include hitting a half-court shot at halftime of a college basketball game, hiking all 2,175 miles of the Appalachian Trail over many trips between 1997 and 2007, completing 10 marathons, and run/eat/running five Krispy Kreme Challenges.