Bah, no, Ijust inserted it after if...basrc...fi which is where I saw it in another file. I added the 'export' command and it works fine now.
Thanks a lot.
This is my new .bash_profile
pimeson@w102a new =) $ cat ~/.bash_profile
# Get the aliases and functions
if [ -f ~/.bashrc ]; then
# me trying to change default editor
# User specific environment and startup programs