These days, Tim Schafer is known as the man behind Grim Fandango, Psychonauts and Brutal Legend. But everybody has to start somewhere, and Schafer got his start at Lucasfilm Games, a job he won after sending in this crazy-ass application.
I read about this a few months back in Rogue Leaders, the book on the history of Lucasarts, but was sad that the book didn't actually feature the thing. Now, I am sad no more.
Because Schafer has posted the entire application on Double Fine's site, which was submitted in the form of a game design document for an adventure title. As the man says, it "will surely become the standardized template for all future job-getting letters".
TWENTY YEARS, only a few tears. [Double Fine]